The application site is located in the Dundyvan area of Coatbridge and within the “Strawberry Fields” private housing development. The site is made up of two small areas of ground that form part of a large central open amenity area and while one of the areas has been laid out as an enclosed toddler’s play area, the second area, which is proposed as a multi-sports court, has only been grassed at this time.
The proposal seeks to remove the play equipment from the play area, reinstate the hard surface with grass and to remove the requirement for the provision of the multi-sports court. All affected land will be grassed over and become part of the wider landscaped area (approved under the terms of condition 5 of planning permission C/01/0142O/FUL) which serves the surrounding housing development.
Following the standard public neighbour notification and public advertisement procedures two letters of representation were received in respect of this proposal. The main points of objection are detailed as follows:
The estate is made up of families with young children who require decent facilities to play and the play area has proved extremely popular with the children in the estate.
The reputed anti-social problems associated with the play area may be removed by the repositioning of that facility to a more sensible location away from the rear of houses.
c) d) e)
The play area was seen as a feature to buying a family home at this location. The loss of the play area may force children to play on or near roads. The multi-sports area is a flat area of grassed land that is used by local youngsters and is a positive amenity for residents on the estate. There is no noiselvandalism associated with
the use of this area and it would be a real loss to the area if the land was landscaped, preventing children using it.
The site is covered by Policies ECON 2 (Existing General Industrial Areas), ECON 318 (Allocated General Industrial Areas) and ECON 7/10 (Office/Business/Light Industry) in the Monklands District Local Plan 1991. This zoning has effectively been removed as a result of the approval of the housing development on the site. There are no strategic implications.
It should be noted that one of the letters of representation supported the removal of the equipped play area as it has attracted young people late into the night, causing noise and vandalism to the play area and surroundings.
Strathclyde Police have also supported the removal of the play area as they “support any community safety measures that will improve the quality of life for residents living in the local vicinity”. They also confirm have received complaints from local residents regarding youths causing annoyance in and around the area of the play parks.