Crossford villagers celebrate as controversial plans are withdrawn

Delighted...Crossford villagers
Delighted...Crossford villagers

Applicant Neil Pringle ditched his application for Holm Road after environmental body SEPA voiced its concerns over creating the properties next to the River Nethan.

Campaigner Edith Ryan (78), who has lived in Holm Road for 30 years, said: “Given half a chance, the people in Holm Road would be dancing in the streets about this.

“We are extremely relieved that our campaign has worked; we got 90 signatures on a petition.

“We were very anxious about it, because we have seen a lot of flooding in this area over the years.”

Applicant Neil Pringle ditched his application for Holm Road after environmental body SEPA voiced its concerns over creating the properties next to the River Nethan.

Campaigner Edith Ryan (78), who has lived in Holm Road for 30 years, said: “Given half a chance, the people in Holm Road would be dancing in the streets about this.

“We are extremely relieved that our campaign has worked; we got 90 signatures on a petition.

“We were very anxious about it, because we have seen a lot of flooding in this area over the years.”

Edith said that alarm bells had been raised by the fact that a group of houses built on the other side of the river in the 1990s had suffered flooding problems.

She added: “Four of these houses never even sold. And none of the ones which are there can get adequate insurance cover.”

A South Lanarkshire Council spokesperson said: “The application in question has been withdrawn by the applicant following an objection from SEPA on the grounds of potential flood risk.”

A SEPA spokeswoman said: “SEPA objected in principle to the proposal on the grounds that it may place buildings and persons at flood risk (which is contrary to Scottish Planning Policy).

“However, the applicant subsequently withdrew the planning application so the planning authority did not require to determine it.”