A HOTLY-debated private developer plan to build 75 new homes on greenbelt land on Kilmacolm is back on the table.

Developers Mactaggart and Mickel are promising to reach out to residents as they submit an outline planning application for the Quarry Drive site.

It comes three years after they first indicated their interest with a 'proposal of notice'.

Campaigners reacted with outrage at the time and opposed any moves to develop in the area, known locally as the Kilmacolm Meadow.

Mactaggart and Mickel have now lodged an outline bid to build on the Quarry Drive site and launched a consultation with local people.

Director Craig Ormond said: "We are planning to go and consult with as many people in the community as possible.

"I would say to the people of Kilmacolm that there is a shortfall of good quality housing in Inverclyde.

"I understand it may be contentious and there is a nervousness about change.

"I would say this is a chance to give other people the opportunity to experience all the benefits of living in Kilmacolm."

As part of their plan the housebuilders are looking at working with the council to deliver at least 20 affordable homes to buy or rent.

Mactaggart & Mickel's application is for 75 homes ranging in size from three-bedroom semi-detached properties to four and five bed homes.

They claim new residents would contribute nearly £2.4m a year in household expenditure, boosting the local economy as well as independent traders and businesses.

The development is also being marketed as sustainable, with homes making the most of zero carbon-generating technologies, electric car charging points and enhanced home-working spaces.

Mr Ormond added: “While the plans will be finalised following our consultation process we can at this stage make three important commitments.

"Firstly, we will re-engage and work with the community so residents can help shape the development’s design process.

“Secondly, we will protect the qualities which make Kilmacolm such a special place to live.

"Finally, we will include sustainability proposals which ensure the development is environmentally-friendly and well connected.

“I hope the people of Kilmacolm will take the opportunity to provide the positive and constructive feedback that will allow us to work together throughout the design process.”

The consultation is now open, with residents who want to find out more asked to visit www.kilmacolm.macmic.co.uk