PLANS for a massive housing development in Newton Mearns will go under the spotlight today (June 13).

Taylor Wimpey will attempt to persuade planning chiefs to allow changes to the proposed Maidenhill project.

Permission has already been granted for dozens of detached, semi-detached and terraced houses, as well as 24 flats, across three parts of the site.

But the housebuilder now wants to build 106 detached houses and will ask for consent to be given for the alterations.

East Renfrewshire’s planning committee will have to mull over three separate applications for 48, 49 and nine houses across the site, which is being partly developed by Cala Homes.

In his report on the latest Taylor Wimpey application, Andrew Cahill, the council’s director of environment, said: “Planning permission was approved on July 31, 2017 at the Maidenhill site for residential development to include sites for affordable housing, a site for a primary school and a site for a religious facility, access, landscaping, SUDS and associated ancillary development.

“There is no requirement to re-examine the principle of whether this development is acceptable.

“It is therefore only the changes to the house types and the roads layout that are being considered.”

The plans come despite an objection by Broom Kirkhill Mearnskirk Community Council, which called for assessments into the risk of flooding.

A statement from the group said: “It is clear the Maidenhill masterplan area requires an assessment of the capacity and condition of downstream as part of the drainage system design to ensure there is no increase in downstream flood risk.

“No detailed assessment has been submitted by Taylor Wimpey for the downstream watercourse beyond Mearnskirk, despite claims to the contrary. 

“In addition, no assessment of the additional off-site flood risk in Mearnskirk has been considered.

“Furthermore, the sewerage proposals have not been demonstrated to have adequate capacity.”

Building work on the £150 million Maidenhill project, which includes plans for 834 homes and a new primary school, began in February.

Last month Cala and Taylor Wimpey announced their first-phase builds would be called Hazeldene Lea and Westfield Gardens respectively.