News and Recent Developments

Upddate on Gladman


Gladman Developments held a further exhibition in the Community Centre yesterday (9th November) to provide an updated version of their proposals, "in the light of feedback from the community".
You may wonder why we didn't notify you ahead of this latest exhibition. We've learned that providing Gladman with detailed objections can provide them with potential concessions that may erode opposition to their plans. We also felt that we had given them enough free publicity for this round of consultation!

Their latest exhibition consists of a further proposal, "Option D", which you can view here:

Their website has yet to be fully updated, but you'll be able to see that they have reconfigured some of the layout at North Denniston, and reduced the number of houses in each of these areas, and eliminated the proposed car park at Knapps. In other words, they have 'listened' but are still missing the point that very few people want to see houses at Knapps and North Denniston.


The updated deadline for further comments is now 23rd November. We would urge you to complete the new feedback form, making it clear that these alterations fail to acknowledge that the number and location of houses proposed is fundamentally unsustainable for a village of this size, and would overwhelm the current infrastructure

Mactaggart & Mickel are holding two 'Public Consultation Events’ at 1pm to 5pm on Wednesday 15th November, and from 5pm to 9pm on Thursday 16th November, both in Kilmacolm Community Centre. They are proposing to build on the much loved Greenbelt land around Kilmacolm Cemetery, being named ‘West of Quarry Drive’, which we call (Kilmacolm Meadow.)

As before, we would encourage you to attend these exhibitions. We would also encourage you to respond and Object to these ‘Proposals’, copying your responses to the Kilmacolm Greenbelt Alliance, as before for evidence. Boxes will once again be provided at the Community Centre, Vino 13 and Gibb Stuart for paper copies.


We would suggest only giving basic Objections to Mactaggart & Mickel. You are better keeping your detailed objections for Inverclyde Council when Mactaggart & Mickel submit their official Planning Application, and Inverclyde Council hold their own ‘Consultation Period’!




The response to the invitation to a Public Meeting has been so strong, we have had to change the venue! The Community Centre can't accommodate the numbers we anticipate, so instead, please join us at 8:00 pm at St Columba's Church on Thursday evening, 14th September, to hear about the Proposal of Application Notice. The meeting is to brief residents on the nature of this proposal, and outline the next steps for us, Inverclyde Council Planning and the applicants. If you can't make it to the public meeting, please do try to attend the Gladman Developments exhibition on 19th September and ensure that you make clear your views! (Kilmacolm Community Council, KCT and the recently-formed Kilmacolm Residents Association would be very keen to learn what you think too).

Gladman Developments Ltd have submitted a Proposal of Application Notice (PoAN) for Planning Permission in Principle for residential development, access, open space, landscaping, car park and associated engineering works.


The proposal covers land on both sides of Bridge of Weir Road, including the field where the annual Bonfire Night celebrations take place, also the site of the show-jumping and cross-country events at the Kilmacolm and Port Glasgow Agricultural Show, and extending to the Loch side. On the west side of the road, the proposal covers the entire area of fields from the B788 as its southern boundary,north to the St Columba's School all-weather pitches, between the houses on Gryffe Road and the cycle track to the west.

In keeping with the Trust's submission to the next Local Development Plan, we will be strongly opposing these proposals. Come along to an open meeting on Thursday 14th September at 8:00pm to discover more about the plans and what you can do to protect our iconic greenbelt areas.

The 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 7th March at 7:00pm in the Cargill Centre. The formal business of the AGM will be followed at 7:45pm by an open meeting, with talk from Mr John Morgan of Ferguson Marine, 'The End of the Beginning'.

The Trust has contributed a blog to the Built Environment Scotland website. You can read it here:

In November 2016, following consultation with members, the Trust made its submission to the Local Development Plan update, which will cover the period 2020-2025. The Main Issues Report was published in March. The Executive Committee have made a response to it. Members can download the Main Issues Report from the Inverclyde site at On the same web page there are comments forms, which can be downloaded in MS Word or Adobe pdf formats. Our response is available at the foot of our Local Plan page.


Communications by email to members are now possible. Members can sign up via the Join the Civic Trust page.