Dog exercising area near Newton Mearns rejected after objections

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Council officials said the plan could be approved but councillors had concerns over the impact on wildlife as well as the need for lighting.

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A bid to open a dog exercising area near Newton Mearns has been rejected despite council planners recommending the project could go ahead.

The applicant, Ian Darroch, wanted to change the use of the site, which was formerly part of Pilmuir Quarry. They disputed the description of the land, as a field, as they believe it is a woodland, and questioned the need for the proposed facility. However, council officials reported the plan would not “involve a significant amount of development and it is therefore not considered that it would adversely affect the character of the rural area or compromise the function of the greenbelt.”An unauthorised access to the site had already been created, and would have been replaced with a new access “opposite the entrance of a former quarry” if the plans had been approved.

Councillor Andrew Morrison, Conservative, said: “I note that lighting is one of the concerns within the 18 representations and it is a concern that I would share with regards to the impact on nature because it is quite a rural setting.”

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