Nearly 70 new homes planned for site of demolished school building in Dumbarton

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Nearly 70 new homes will be developed on a former school site in Dumbarton as the local authority continues its work to ‘improve’ the area.

Proposals for 68 new homes which will be made up of 15 two-bedroom and 53 three-bedroom homes in the Castlehill area received the green light from the West Dunbartonshire Planning Committee last week.

It will see the former site of Our Lady and St Patrick’s Secondary School, which was demolished in 2018, brought back to life and the demolition of the vacant caretaker’s house in Cardross Road.

A report was presented to committee members which highlighted a number of objections and concerns raised by residents, including increased traffic and congestion in the area, tree removal and loss of privacy.

Other fears that nearby gardens were waterlogged and the removal of the existing pedestrian crossing over Cardross Road were also brought to the attention of the committee.

Despite these concerns, the request was accepted unanimously.

Following the meeting, Leader of the Opposition Councilor Karen Conaghan said, “The planning committee of which I am a member has unanimously approved this planning application.

“I am delighted to see this development of 68 homes coming to this site, which will allow the re-use of a site which has remained empty since the school moved to its new building.

“The concerns of some residents were noted and addressed by the promoters and I was delighted to hear that the promoters were still positively engaged after meeting with those who had bothered to attend the committee.

“I am confident that sympathetic development will improve the area and bring a choice of new homes to the west end of Dumbarton.”

Councilor Gurpreet Singh Johal, Deputy Chairman of Planning at West Dunbartonshire Council, added: “It’s really promising to see even more interest and investment in West Dunbartonshire and I welcome this development, which will transform this site unused.”

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