Housing ‘dumping ground’ is feared

Queensferry Local development plan location map
Queensferry Local development plan location map
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Residents in Queensferry have just eight days to object to future housing proposals for the town.

More than 200 people attended a public meeting in Queensferry High on Monday to express their concerns over the plan to create a further 1500 homes in the town over the next decade.

The city council’s planners have already given the go ahead for increased housing at Builyeon Road, Scotstoun, and Dalmeny as part of the Local Development Plan 2, so it will go ahead – unless locals object en masse.

Monday’s meeting, organised by the town’s community council, was attended by MSPs, councillors and the council’s acting head of planning, David Leslie.

Housing for Queensferry was not included in the LDP but was added in June.

Mr Leslie said: “Due to a growing population, there is a need for 32,000 homes to be built over the next 10 years.”

Now residents fear Queensferry could end up a housing ‘dumping ground’ for Edinburgh and lead to social exclusion, a lack of social amenities, increased pressure on healthcare facilities and major traffic congestion.

Almond ward councillor Norman Work said: “There is a need for more housing but I am against these open spaces being built upon.”

*If you would like to submit a representation regarding Edinburgh Council’s LDP2 document, you must do so using the form which can be downloaded in either pdf or Microsoft Word format using the links below.

On sheet 2, you must state the relevant part of the document, what you want changed and your reasons in less than 2000 words.

You don’t need to complete every box but for avoidance of doubt the new housing proposals have site names (site references): Builyeon Road (HSG 32); South Scotstoun (HSG 33) and Dalmeny (HSG 34).

You should fill out a separate form for each site or each policy that you are commenting on. Reasons for wanting a change can just reference parts of accompanying CEC documents (like the Education Appraisal), Scottish Government policies or the Strategic Development Plan for South East Scotland if necessary.

If you think there is something wrong in a supporting CEC document, like the Education Appraisal for example, you don’t need to use the form and can just write a letter or email.

You aren’t allowed to question the Scottish Government policies or housing land requirement at this level. A guidance note which gives further advice on making representations can also be downloaded below.