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1.I

The application is for the construction of three office buildings (Class 4 of the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Scotland) Order 1997) with related access road, car parking and landscaping at a 1.38 hectare site at Buchanan Gate, Stepps. One two-storey block of 12,000 sq ft would front the A80 Cumbernauld Road, with two 20,000 sq ft three-storey blocks to the rear. Materials proposed are white and black Optima wall cladding, grey-tinted glass and aluminium

roofing.

The

first

two

phases

of

Buchanan Gate

have

already

been

completed

with

the

construction of a public houselrestaurant, Travel Lodge Inn and two office buildings. planning permission (N/04/02212/OUT) has recently been granted for an extension Buchanan Gate Business Park. With the exception of the retention of trees (which referred to later in the report) the current proposal complies with the terms of the permission.

Outline to the will be outline

The relevant development plan policies are:- Strategic Policies 1, 2, 5, 6, 9 and 10 of the Glasgow and the Clyde Valley Joint Structure Plan 2000; Policy E.PR02 of the Strathkelvin Southern Area Local Plan 1983; and Policies ENV2, ENV4 and ENV8 of the Northern Corridor Local Plan 2000. However, the principle of this development has already been established through the outline permission.

3.2

There are no objections from my Transportation Section, nor from NLC Community Services Department, subject to recommended conditions.

3.3

Two letters of objection have been submitted with the following points being raised.

As covered in section 2 above the site is in the Green Belt in the 1983 Local Plan and in the final version of the forthcoming Local Plan. Outline permission has however been recently granted for an expansion of the Buchanan Gate Business Park with it being deemed that the interests of job creation outweighs the desirability of retaining this unexceptional and detached section of Green Belt. It should be noted that it is proposed to improve the nature conservation value of an area of existing wetland and to form a new area of woodland to replace that which will be lost to the proposed development. A large area will be retained as open land.

No objections subject to conditions.

The proposed development is contrary to Green Belt policy covering the site.

The

Scottish Water objects to the application. Scottish Water and the developer are currently in discussions regarding the waste water infrastructure problems constraining this development. If agreement can be reached on implementing a suitable mitigation scheme, then a connection to the network will be granted.

to

3.1

Summaries of consultation responses are as follows:

being lost

are

Belt areas

application site supports a variety of wildlife and development.

local Green

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