Protest plans over Queensferry housing

Dalmeny Park, just one of several proposed housing sites in Queensferry
Dalmeny Park, just one of several proposed housing sites in Queensferry
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Community leaders are calling on their local MSP to help fight proposals for increased housing in their town.

Queensferry and District Community Council (QDCC) members are looking to Edinburgh West MSP Colin Keir to fight their corner following a rebuff from Scottish Government ministers Derek Mackay and Keith Brown.

Community council chairman Keith Giblett wrote to the MSPs – both cabinet ministers – to highlight concerns over the potential impact from the city council’s Local Development Plan 2 and the nomination for World Heritage status of the Forth Bridge.

Mr Giblett asked them to consider a ‘strategic economic development’ plan for Queensferry.

But he received a reply stating the ministers were not obliged to give responses to community councils as the matter was subject to consultation by the local authority.

Mr Giblett said: ‘‘The QDCC does not directly oppose considered and measured housing developments which can benefit Queensferry.

“What QDCC does oppose is indiscriminate housing developments which are ill-considered and have little or no benefit to the community or surrounding area.

“While the LDP might meet the needs of the urban capital city of Edinburgh, it certainly doesn’t meet the needs of Queensferry. What Queensferry needs is a strategic economic development plan for measured development which considers the needs of a rural town.”

He added: “The homes being built in Kirkliston are already placing additional burdens on Queensferry’s infra-structure such as the schools and health care provision.”

Colin Keir said he shared the community council’s view, stating Edinburgh West had been hammered unfairly in the LDP2. But he said there was a demand for housing.

He said: ‘“Before we can go ahead with housing proposals in these areas, transport links to the city have to be looked at.’’

However, Mr Keir said he would speak to both ministers.

Up to 1500 homes are proposed to be built over the next 10
years. This is on top of almost 1000 properties subject to current planning applications.

A public meeting will be held in Queensferry Community High School on Monday, September 22, to discuss the Local Development Plan 2 

The meeting begins at 6.30pm.