PLANNING permission is being sought for a massive housing development on the north eastern edge of Glasgow.
The proposal by Capper Farm Enterprises is for around 1,200 homes in four interconnected ‘villages’ on land between Easterhouse and the M73 motorway.
There would also be a 120-bed care home, a children’s nursery and 900 square metres of commercial space.
The 75-hectare Heatheryknowe site, south of Commonhead Road, is a Community Growth Area as defined in the Glasgow City Development Plan and a draft masterplan has alreday been agreed by the city council.
The residential element comprises 229 terraced properties, 633 semi-detached properties, 337 detached properties, and 90 retirement apartments, with development taking place over 12 years.
A document submitted with the application states: “It is proposed to retain the existing steading at Heatheryknowe, together with the adjacent farm buildings, and develop a commercial centre incorporating small commercial, business units and childcare facilities.
“The mature trees adjacent to the site will be retained as they add to the amenity value of the setting and are an important aspect of local identity. The existing Heatheryknowe Road will be used as a pedestrian / cycle link to the commercial centre.
“Existing vistas along Netherhouse Road towards the listed Bargeddie Church spire will be protected. Trees that are a significant feature in the landscape will also be protected.
“A 10-metre buffer will be provided adjacent to the mature woodland beside the motorway and adjacent to the Monklands canal. Provision will be made for access alongside the Canal to facilitate an industrial heritage trail, interpretation and recreational activity.””
The ‘villages’ will be named after local farms — Netherhouse, Rogerfield, Commonhead and Heatheryknowe.