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Developers of a former East Renfrewshire care home have submitted new proposals to council after listening to residents’ concerns.

Dundas Estates is looking to build 18 five-bedroom detached homes on landscaped grounds on the site of the former Mearnskirk House care home.

The new proposals, which came after some residents denounced initial plans to create 65 apartments, address earlier concerns about parking and traffic.

A virtual consultation also highlighted neighbors’ opinions regarding the design and density of the apartment project.

Mike Andrews, lands and development manager at Dundas, told the Barrhead News: “We made it clear from the start of this consultation that the views of the local community would shape the prospects for this development – ​​and we really wanted that. .

“Their views have been taken into account every step of the way to ensure development that benefits the surrounding community as well as those who may choose to call it their future home.

“The new development plans are favorable to the local area in terms of materials, density, scale and volume. The new houses will conform to the adjacent existing accommodation, being built with a material palette including red facing brick and precast stone detailing to reflect the character of the listed buildings.

The proposed design also provides for a tree lined avenue leading to the site, private shared driveways which serve the majority of the plots and each house will benefit from an integral garage and high energy efficiency ratings.

If approved, Dundas hopes construction work will begin on the brownfield site as early as March 2023.

The developer will also identify a suitable location to reinstall the bronze statue of Peter Pan, created in memory of a former hospital superintendent.