Concern for residents over ’Ferry plan

Queensferry Local development plan location map
Queensferry Local development plan location map

Calls are being made for a public meeting to be staged in Queensferry over plans for increased housing in Queensferry.

That was the sentiment of people after they attended a drop-in session at the Rosebery Hall on Wednesday to view the city council’s Second Proposed Local Development Plan (LDP).

More than 200 people attended the three-hour event and many were shocked at what is planned - a further 1500 homes in the Queensferry area.

This figure is on top of the 1000 homes already being proposed at various areas across the town.

The LDP proposes up to 980 homes on land south of Builyeon Road with a further 510 homes being created in fields which back South Scotstoun and Dalmeny.

Also proposed is a new primary school for Queensferry within the Builyeon Road development, an extension at Queensferry High School and additional classrooms at St Margaret’s Primary.

But the major concern for local residents would be the loss of the town’s open countryside, especially at South Scotstoun. Another major talking point was the impact increased traffic would have on the town, as the new development at Scotstoun would be accessed from the existing Provost Milne Grove and Scotstoun Avenue.

The Scotstoun area currently accommodates around 800 homes and with the new Cala/Baratt Homes development adding 450 homes, a further 500 plus homes would cause traffic chaos on roads in and around the area in years to come.

Keith Giblett, chairman of Queensferry and District Community Council (QDCC), who attended the session said: ‘‘The feedback we received from the drop-in is that locals want a public meeting to discuss these proposals more in-depth.’’

‘‘QDCC is looking to stage a meeting soon as possible as the closing date for objections is October 3.’’