Kilsyth Local Plan Dec 1999 - extracts

NB: the new 2007 draft plan is now available  - read it here

"Within the Plan area there are 37 vacant and derelict sites amounting to around 105.36 hectares which is a matter of some concern. The Plan has a key role to play in encouraging and facilitating the re-use of vacant and derelict land by guiding certain forms of development and promoting environmental improvement. The Council will seek to promote the efficient use of land and where possible the redevelopment of derelict land where it has no significant detrimental impact on the value of the site for Nature Conservation. This is consistent with the sustainability aims and urban renewal objectives of the Plan. Development of this nature is energy efficient in contrast to peripheral expansion in greenfield locations.

7.2 The Strathclyde Structure Plan provides regional guidance, and emphasises the need to bring forward and maintain a range of opportunities for private housebuilding (RES1). In addition, residential development on infill will take preference over "greenfield" sites (RES2).

7.6 Over the period 1991-1998 a total of 462 new dwellings (public sector, private special build, Housing Association and private plots) were completed in the Plan area, representing a 10% increase in the housing stock. Nearly 90% of this new housing has been family sized dwellings built by the private sector, with the remainder split between Cumbernauld and Kilsyth District Council and housing associations. Private developers built 260 dwellings for sale on a speculative basis; and the remaining smaller private plot developments made an important contribution to the overall total Within the Plan area the Council has controlled the release of housing land to ensure that it is sensitively located. Since the adoption of the previous Plan there has been a clear policy against development outwith established urban areas, or adversely affecting the environment, and most of the new housing development has been developed within existing residential areas. This helps to avoid pressure on important greenbelt and restricts the spread of settlements to prevent coalescence and resulting loss of identity. The majority of new houses in the countryside have been justified in terms of need for countryside related employment activities.

T.7 Housing Take-up (Sites 4 + units) 3/83-3/98

Site Tenure Completed






In terms of availability of land for new housing, the governmentís aim has been to ensure that there is a five year supply of private housing land available by allocating sites and granting planning permission, in line with the overall housing allocations approved in the Structure Plan. Within the District as a whole there is a substantial capacity for housing which is more than sufficient to meet this requirement. The Structure Plan recommends therefore that no new allocations be made for private housing in the District. The Council considers, however, that the Plan areaís housing market should be considered separately from the remainder of the District. The Cumbernauld housing market functions on a different level contributing exclusively to the Districtís supply for certain categories of private housing. The survey for the Plan area has identified existing sites where planning permission has been granted (whether under construction or not acted upon), and sites with outline planning permission. At 31.03.1998, the private housing land supply (four or more housing units) see T.8 was 287 housing units which is sufficient to ensure an adequate range of housing opportunities over the plan period. The 287 housing units represent 62% of the housing completions in the preceding 15 years. There is, however, significant uncertainty over the developability of a number of sites due to ground condition problems e.g. Barrwood, and a large part of the housing supply may cease to be effective thereby creating a position where there is a very limited supply of potential housing sites within the built-up area.

The Council is seeking to provide a positive strategy for the Plan area, particularly regarding its economic role, and it is considered appropriate therefore to identify additional land for housing. Additional housing sites also complement the Councilís initiatives to regenerate Kilsyth Town Centre, and could assist local service retention and influence the success of the central area initiatives. The Council considers however, that there must be areas where housing development should be contained such as Queenzieburn and Banton. The following potential housing sites have therefore been identified:-

Brownfield Sites:

The Plan allocates land at Kirklands Crescent, Kilsyth for family sized houses and land at Edward Street, Kilsyth for housing developments which are suitable for first time buyers and the elderly.

Greenfield Sites:

The Plan identifies land at Ladeside and Barr Farm in Kilsyth, and Barbegs and Overcroy in Croy for housing developments for family sized houses. The sites are on the whole greenfield in character however they are not located within the Greenbelt. Given their location on the edge of the urban area these sites should be developed in such a way as to define the urban edge via significant structure planting.

Greenbelt Sites:

The Plan does not allocate any Greenbelt sites in accordance with Structure Plan Policy. The only area suitable or capable of housing development is to the east of Kilsyth. The Council will only consider the release of sites in this area on the basis of a strategic review of housing land supply and the Greenbelt boundary.

The Council wish to ensure that the sites identified for housing allow for a wide range of choice in terms of both tenure and price. While the key aim of the Plan is to focus development on the brownfield sites within the urban area of Kilsyth, the Council recognises that the brownfield sites currently available in Kilsyth may not be suited to certain types of housing development and certain market sectors. Following the development of brownfield sites or major changes to the physical environment, including changes resulting from any decision to select the Kelvin Valley route for the M80 extension, the Council will consider the release of greenfield sites to the east of Kilsyth as part of a strategic review of housing land supply and the Greenbelt boundary. The review will be undertaken in conjunction with the Structure Plan Core Team and any developments to the east of Kilsyth will be brought forward in the form of a Masterplan which will consider the environmental and infrastructure impacts of housing on the urban fringe. The area to the east of Kilsyth shall therefore remain within the Greenbelt and be subject to Greenbelt policy until sufficient development takes place to necessitate a review of the Greenbelt.

The Council sees these proposals as assisting in the generation of the central area initiatives, and also provides opportunities for consolidating the urban edge east of Kilsyth.

10.6 The Greenbelt has protected the Plan areaís urban fringe and countryside from inappropriate developments, and directed development into the urban area. The Greenbelt has also served to prevent any trend towards the coalescence of the urban areas. The potential of the Greenbelts for landscape improvement has been demonstrated with the designation of two SSSIís and an LNR, and a number of planting improvements. The Council will take any opportunity to augment the permanence of the Greenbelt, and in this respect tree planting is seen as an important method by which a clear distinction between the rural and urban areas can be created. (See also NATURAL ENVIRONMENT). It is recognised however that some diversification of the rural economy and re-use of existing vacant buildings might occur, but they should be undertaken in a manner which is sympathetic and appropriate to Greenbelt and countryside policies. Un-used or neglected agricultural land, whether or not officially designated as "set-aside" should not be regarded as having any development potential other than within the terms of Greenbelt policy.


GB1: The Greenbelt will be maintained within the boundaries shown on the Proposals Map which provides for:-

GB2: There will be a presumption against new development in the Greenbelt unless required for agriculture, forestry, horticulture, nature conservation, appropriate countryside recreation and tourism dependent upon a countryside location, and other development, such as telecommunications development, which can be shown to require to be located in the Greenbelt. Proposals for telecommunications development which satisfy that requirement should also meet the criteria in policy

GB3: There will be a presumption against residential development in the Greenbelt unless it is shown to be necessary for furtherance of agriculture, forestry, and horticulture or other uses appropriate only to a rural area.

Appendix 3 - Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation

6. Banton Loch 740785

12. Colzium - Lennox Estate 728786

13. Colzium Burn 727793