TWO planning applications to build properties in Kilmacolm are to be settled by the Scottish Government.

Developer Taylor Wimpey has appealed to ministers after being refused permission to erect 100 houses at Plantreeyetts in the village.

It comes after a separate application by the firm Mactaggart & Mickel for 75 homes beside Quarry Drive - passed by the council earlier this year - was recently called-in by the government as it 'raises issues of national significance' on planning policy.

Both applications had been opposed by campaigners and residents in the village.

Municipal Buildings bosses designated Quarry Drive site for residential use in the proposed new Inverclyde Local Development Plan to meet a housing shortfall.

But they blocked the Planetreeyetts site application, stating it would lead to an 'inappropriate level' of new housing in the village and fail to protect its quality, character, landscape setting and identity.

Traffic concerns and loss of trees were also cited.

Taylor Wimpey bosses believe that the local authority's rejection of their bid for 100 homes is flawed.

In appeal documents they say none of the reasons offered for the refusal are 'considered to be sound'.

Independent reporters will now be appointed to consider the cases.