MORE than 100 Cardross residents attended a visit by a Scottish Government reporter last week to the site of a controversial proposed housing development in the village.

Malcolm Mahony, from the government’s directorate of planning and environmental appeals (DPEA), spent April 1 visiting the site at Kirkton Farm, to the north of the village, which is the subject of a proposal by Avant Homes for 140 new houses, and surrounding approach roads.

The company is currently seeking permission to change access arrangements to the planned development, moving the principal route to and from the site from Darleith Road to Barrs Road.

But the plans, met with widespread opposition, have been referred to the Scottish Government after Argyll and Bute Council cancelled a public hearing in October at Avant’s request.

Amanda Murray, of the Cardross Development Safe Access Group, said: “Mr Mahony explained that his purpose was to review the physical aspects of the site walked around the site and listened to local people’s concerns regarding the many safety issues relating to both proposed routes to the site.

“The large turnout showed the level of opposition to a development of such a large size which would mean hundreds more vehicles using roads through a dense residential area and in the vicinity of the local primary school