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Petition

Four days to go until we deliver our petition to MSP Alex Neil at the Scottish Government asking him to ‘call-in’ the New City Vision planning application to build housing on North Kelvin Meadow and The Children’s Wood. Please sign our petition and share it with 5 friends. paper petition to share with colleagues and networks. We’ll be delivering the petition to the Scottish Government on the 1st of March and the 22nd of March. Meet us outside the Scottish Parliament building at 12pm on both dates.

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Write to an MSP

Please see a template letter from a local resident to the Government asking them to ‘call-in’ the planning application to build on North Kelvin Meadow and The Children’s Wood.

Dear Alex Neil,

I am writing to urge you to call in and reject the proposals for housing development on North Kelvin Meadow. The case is eligible for call in on the following grounds:

  • there has been controversy surrounding the proposal and the planning process
  • the proposal is clearly in contravention of national planning policy.
  • the proposalraises design issues. The following points support these grounds:

 

Controversy: The Council claims that the land has “no established planning use”:

 

  1. This is untrue, the land has always been open space that has been used for both organised and everyday educational, recreational and sporting activities. For the past twenty years the land has been maintained and cultivated by the local community; first under the Compendium Trust and then by the North Kelvin Meadow and Childrens Wood. It is currently used by 23 local schools and nurseries for outdoor learning, supports raised allotment beds and composting, is used daily for play, sport, dog walking, providing a safe leisure space for teenagers, adults, old people and children. The range of activities taking place on this space speak of the initiative and commitment of a community in answering its own needs. There are also regular organised community events, and the space is a venue in the annual West End festival and other city festivals.

 

  1. There was no consultation with the local community as required by Section 8.5 of the Council’s Sports pitch strategy. The Council is required to show that these former blaes pitch spaces are not required as part of any other open space function. It has not consulted and it is clear that the space has long filled a variety of open space functions. This usage is confirmed by the Reporter on the previous (rejected) development enquiry (Miller homes development).

 

  1. Glasgow City Council, through the representatives of its planning committee, seems to have forgotten that councillors are elected representatives of the people. The (exclusively) Labour councillors who voted in favour of the New City Vision Housing development have consistently made clear to petitioners that they had long made up their minds on this question in advance of the debate. All the councillors whose surgeries I have attended said that they were in favour of a private and expensive housing development, on land that has never been built on; that is used and maintained as common land for the good of the local community. I was taken aback by the patronising attitude of the Labour councillors towards people who came to make their case.They were dismissive of a campaign and of a place that they had very little actual experience of. By contrast, the Green councillors on the committee who had made their feelings known in favour of the preservation of the site as green space were not allowed to vote on the issue since it was thought they had decided in advance.

 

  1. Far from having no established use, this space answers is in continuous use and directly answers many of the social strategies and targets that the Council claims to be prioritising. Among these Outdoor Learning for pre-school, school age and special needs children as well as use by asylum seeker groups and other vulnerable social groups. It is a model of the social, economic and environmental sustainability that the Council and the Scottish Government endorse. This has not been taken into account by the Council’s Planning Committee.

 

In contravention of national planning policy:

  1. Given the substantial loss of amenity that building on such a site would represent, there has been no compensation for “loss of amenity” other than proposals to improve local football pitches. This space is sustaining a far wider range of activities than football and has been doing so for over twenty years.

 

  1. This land is true common land and a space that embodies and enables “Community Empowerment” — a phrase that it must be hoped is a meaningful one for the future of Scotland, in many productive ways. The activities and events that take place all the time on this space, both organised and everyday, provide immense wealth for the community of North Kelvinside and Maryhill; and are a massive asset; sustaining the health and mental well being of citizens, and helping to counteract a sense of disenfranchisement and lack of control over one’s environment. The meadow is a genuine example of the much repeated council slogan “People Make Glasgow” — Well, allow them to! They can be pretty good at it.

 

  1. Biodiversity and Density The site has a rare biodiversity resulting from the presence of old buildings and woodland; meaning that it supports species that would not necessarily thrive in more managed spaces such as the Botanic gardens. There are rare orchids and protected trees; all of which would be under threat from building proposals. Meanwhile housing density in the area has increased significantly in the past five years alone, and may well continue.

 

Design issues:

  1. The proposed replacement buildings are of a low design quality and completely out of keeping with the distinctive local vernacular of surrounding tenements and even the modern local housing. The design is a pretentious and depressing mews style development more appropriate to South East England.

 

I consider that there are sufficient grounds to merit the calling in this application for planning permission for the Minister’s own determination so that a public inquiry can be held to determine the future of this important site.

In addition, the following should be taken into consideration: The daily and continuous activities that take place on the land are all managed and maintained by the community for themselves at no cost to the Council or tax payer. The North Kelvin Meadow group has charitable status and is well organised and funded. They have produced their own planning proposal for continuation as a mixed use open and semi-wild educational and recreational community space that has won unanimous support from the Planning Committee.

I urge you to listen to a diverse community united in its concern to protect something that exists entirely for the good of community life in the face of Council neglect. This decision will affect thousands, as witnessed by the 1000 representations made to the Council and 5000 plus written and online petitioners. Please hear their voice.

Yours sincerely,

MSPS address

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
St. Andrew’s House,
Regent Road,
Edinburgh,
EH1 3DG

Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities & Pensioners’ Rights
Alex Neil
St. Andrew’s House,
Regent Road,
Edinburgh,
EH1 3DG

Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment
Marco Biagi
St. Andrew’s House,
Regent Road,
Edinburgh,
EH1 3DG

Minister for Children and Young People Aileen Campbell
St. Andrew’s House,
Regent Road,
Edinburgh,
EH1 3DG

Acting Minister for Children and Young People and
MSP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden Fiona McLeod
Suite 13, Enterprise House,
Southbank Business Park,
Kirkintilloch
G66 1XQ

Minister for Public Health Maureen Watt
St. Andrew’s House,
Regent Road,
Edinburgh,
EH1 3DG

MSP for Glasgow Bob Doris
3rd Floor
Empire House
131 West Nile Street
Glasgow
G1 2RX

MSP for Glasgow Cathcart James Dornan
4 Kings Park Road
Glasgow
G44 4TU

MSP for Glasgow Anniesland Bill Kidd
Room 1.16
Anniesland College
19 Hatfield Drive
Glasgow
G12 0YE

Minister for Transport and the Islands and
MSP for Renfrewshire North and West Derek Mackay
St. Andrew’s House,
Regent Road,
Edinburgh,
EH1 3DG

MSP for Clydebank and Milngavie Gil Paterson
Unit 16
Clyde Business Centre
Clydebank
G81 1PF

MSP for Glasgow Kelvin Sandra White
1274 Argyle Street
Glasgow
G3 8AA

MSP for Glasgow Humza Yousaf
3rd Floor, Empire House
131 West Nile Street
Glasgow
G1 2R

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