MORE than 400 people have objected to plans to build 100 private homes in Linnvale.

Opposition to the plan is stronger than against almost every previous planning issue in West Dunbartonshire and was countered by just two voices of support – from the developer, and an anonymous response.

A proposal for land adjacent to Strauss Avenue sparked anger when it was revealed months ago to be part of the local development plan 2 (LDP2).

Residents say traffic at the site, which is used for recreation and dog walking, would increase in narrow Linnvale streets and put residents and pupils of Linnvale Primary at risk.

The 435 names run to four-and-a-half pages in a report on responses to the LDP2 going before a planning committee next week.

Traffic was the main issue, which it is argued, will be a “danger to the residents”. Traffic concerns recently blocked Asda’s proposals for a petrol station at the entrance to Linnvale.

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Even Councillor John Mooney made a submission noting his constituent’s objections – the only councillor in West Dunbartonshire to raise any issue with the LDP2.

Developer Taylor Wimpey also objected to the land for housing – as it wants to use Duntiglennan Fields in Duntocher instead. However, council planning bosses are recommending the Scottish Government’s planning reporter ignores most of the concerns.

They said there will be no access to the new homes from Linnvale, so no extra traffic. Emergency access could be from Duntreath Avenue in Glasgow. They conclude: “The allocation of this site for residential purposes will have significant positive impacts on improving/enhancing the quality of open space within the site boundary and the wider area for the benefit of the community.

“Currently, the open space on the site is for general recreation and amenity use and it is considered that the vegetation on the site does not allow it to be used for any recreational use other than dog walking, etc.

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“Therefore, the open space is considered to be of low quality and is in need of significant improvement.

“However, contrary to some of the views expressed within the representations, the level of investment needed to improve the open space cannot be addressed solely from developer contributions.”

They added that, despite claims the land is used for sports, “the council’s greenspace section have stated that there is no demand for sports pitches within this part of Clydebank”.