Falkirk LDP2 Objection - Protect the Green Belt and focus on regenerating Bo'ness town
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The preferred new housing area for Bo'ness in the latest LDP2 plan is to remove the green belt area on Crawfield Road and build app. 450 houses in the fields stretching from the Fire Station to Kinneil Woods.
This will remove the traditional south boundary of the town and drag the focus away from the Centre which is in desperate need of redevelopment.
The removal of the green belt in all cases should be as a last resort but in this instance is being stated as the preferred option! A number of other areas exist within the town which are clear to develop on; the old shirt factory site, the Drum extension and the much needed town centre foreshore area.
We believe extending the town boundary to the south will draw the focus further away from the town centre and leave this area starving of much needed attention. Development in the Grahamsdyke and foreshore area would help support our struggling retailers, potentially attract new business and support the neglected areas of our town which need regeneration.
The proposed destruction of the green belt area would remove a beautiful area of the countryside, result in a loss of prime farmland, create a fragmented border to the town and potentially endanger an area of Special Scientific Interest located within this Green Belt area.
We would urge the council planning committee to do what is best for the town and not take the easy option which may have strong support from developers and other investors but push for the correct planning decision for the town and force the redevelopment of the town within its current boundaries and retain our much used countryside south boundary.
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