FED-UP villagers have slammed “outrageous” plans to build hundreds of homes on greenbelt land in Bridge of Weir.

Following a consultation on the Renfrewshire Local Development Plan (LDP), set out in 2014, a further 13 development sites were submitted for consideration by council chiefs.

Among them is a proposal to build up to 250 homes next to Thirplee Road, Bridge of Weir, which is greenbelt land in the Ranfurly conservation area.

Following a recent assessment of the site, the council has said it should remain as greenbelt.

However, a consultation on the proposals will continue until November 20, with residents being urged to have their say.

Sarah Masters is among the Bridge of Weir residents who are up in arms over the plans.

She said: “I think this proposal is outrageous. We have poor infrastructure as it is, so how can the village take this?

“The site is over 28 acres in size. There are brownfield sites still available, which should be looked at first, before greenbelt.”

There are also plans to build another 50 homes in the village’s Kilbarchan Road, as well as hundreds more in Johnstone, Elderslie, Howwood and land south of Inchinnan.

A council spokesman said: “The Renfrewshire LDP guides development across Renfrewshire, providing high-quality new development in the right locations.

“We are committed to promoting sustainable patterns of development, prioritising investment towards the regeneration of brownfield and previously-used land before greenfield sites.

“Thirplee Road is a site that has been submitted for consideration and public consultation by a developer as a potential land use change as part of the process of preparing Renfrewshire’s new LDP.

“A recent assessment of the site by the council confirmed that development of the northern and western section is likely to have a negative impact on the landscape setting of the village and therefore is not suitable for release from the greenbelt as a future housing site.”

To submit comments, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/article/3070/Preparation-of-the-next-Local-Development-Plan.