When there are new housing developments, trees are usually threatened and residents have to fight to save them. Barratt Homes West has formally presented a planning application with the Glasgow City Council to transform the former Scottish Power site in Newlands. Based on the initial plans, 98 trees that are bordering the White Cart Water will be kept but the most recent designs show them being cut in spite of surveys showing that majority of the trees are in the highest category (A) for quality.
According to a local resident, John Paul Tonner who is leading the crusade against the removal of trees, Barratt Homes is removing the trees to make space for more houses regardless of the benefits provided by the trees to the community. Instead of looking like a Scandinavian green development, the housing project has turned into a space without trees.
The now empty space is now being dealt with in two parts. In the first part, Barratt Homes has submitted its plans for 158 houses that will be built on the car park. The second part deals with the planning permission that is expected to be submitted for the B-listed Cathcart House.
About 85 of 98 trees lining Invergordon Avenue end of the site are in Good or Fair condition with 13 listed as Fair-Poor or Poor. Majority of the trees are healthy and expected to last for the next 40 years. The other trees may have a shorter life span of 20 years.
An objection was submitted by Tonner and his neighbors to the Glasgow city council. They believe that the council will be looking at the in-depth plans for the wider areas considering that it will soon see 700 new homes and about 1,200 residents. A public consultation will be held because it is inevitable that a small portion of the trees will have to be removed.
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