Greenbelt under threat again. Act before the 27 December 2017 and make your objections heard. Gladman Developments have submitted a planning application in principal to East Renfrewshire Council to build houses on the field at the foot of the Fereneze Braes.
See Development Threats and 2017 Planning Response for details.
About the Fereneze Braes
The Fereneze Braes is a habitat rich in wildlife and an important feature of the rural backdrop to the west of Barrhead .
Leaving the back gardens of houses behind, the ground slopes up through a horse pasture bounded by hawthorn trees and gorse. This website is a study of that field which has lain undisturbed for centuries and over that time has developed into a beautiful wildflower meadow and wetland providing a rich habitat for wildlife. As well as providing a home for the horses stabled there, the field is used as a play area by children, for dog walking and provides access to the countryside beyond.
At the top of the field the ground rises steeply through rough grass and heather to a height of 180m above Barrhead where the magnificent panorama of Glasgow, Paisley, the Clyde Valley and the Campsie Hills unfolds.
Features near the field include:
- a disused quarry, a designated geological SSSI and also important birdlife habitat
- Fereneze Golf course
- Harelaw Reservoir with private fishing
- Fereneze Braes Path Network, linking Barrhead, Paisley and Neilston.
- Brownside Braes, part of the Gleniffer Braes Country Park, lies to the northwest of The Fereneze Braes and the two are separated by a burn tumbling down from the Harelaw Reservoir through mixed woodland.