Glasgow City Council have accepted that the Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow cannot be zoned for housing; rubber-stamping the Scottish Reporter’s recommendation made last June to remove the housing zone for the land in the upcoming Local Development Plan. This is a huge step forward for us and provides renewed hope that the New City Vision plans to build 90 houses on the land will soon also be rejected.
If you feel confused, this is normal because there are two separate issues to do with housing on Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow.
The first issue is related to the news today. You may remember the success we had back in in June this year? this success was to do with the future of the land and how it is zoned in the official upcoming Development Plan for the City. Independent Scottish Reporters investigated Glasgow City Council’s plans to zone the Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow for housing in the upcoming Development Plan for the City. The Reporters claimed that the land was highly valued and used by the local community, even in wet weather, and therefore recommending that Glasgow City Council delete the plans to zone the land for housing in the upcoming City Plan 3. The success today is the adoption of these recommendations to delete the plans to zone the land for housing. This is really just the council rubber-stamping the Government’s findings back in June.
The second issue is to do with the New City Vision plans to build 90 houses on the Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow. This is currently being decided by Scottish Ministers. You may remember that the New City Vision plans were ‘called in’ by the Scottish Government (i.e. to investigate the proposal to build on the land because it may be going against planning policies) after Glasgow City Council planning committee accepted the New City Vision plans to build on the Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow at the planning meeting in January. A Scottish Reporter was appointed and conducted a Public Hearing in September this year. He has finished his Report which is now with Scottish Ministers. We hope that the good news today – the acceptance by Glasgow City Council to delete the zoning for housing in the upcoming City Plan for Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow – is a sign that the Ministers will reject the specific plans to build on the land. Please get in touch with your local MSP, all ministers will be involved in this final decision and it could happen any day now.
In the background, we are pursuing Community Right to Buy and will be coming round the community to speak to local residents about this and to gather signatures for our application. The Children’s Wood has full planning permission – granted on the same day as the New City Vision plans to build 90 residences – and so we hope that if the plans put forward by New City Vision to build high end housing on the land are rejected then Glasgow City Council will support our plans to acquire the Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow so that it will be a community asset for years to come.