A “clifftop coalition” of community groups is opposing development plans, which could destroy mature woodland and local heritage.
If successful the proposal by Slate Island Development, would see 85 three, four and five bedroom houses built on land surrounding the former Carmelite monastery on Cardross Road in Dumbarton.
Local groups fear the development would destroy important historical, geological and environmental aspects of the area.
They are concerned it will harm Brucehill Cliff, home to local historic feature Wallace’s Cave, and destroy mature trees including oaks and Scots Pine along the clifftop.
It could also affect the pending nature reserve status for Havoc Meadows.
Jackie Trainer of Dumbarton West Community Action Group (DWCAG) said: “If you live in West Dunbartonshire and are not happy, tell your councillors as 10 of them can prevent the developers from damaging the clifftop.”
Residents of Dumbarton West also expressed concerns about potential traffic congestion and loss of access to the popular shore path.
Friends of Dumbarton Foreshore co-organiser Liz Daly said: “This local nature area needs to be preserved.
“It’s a lifeline, a relaxing place to exercise, de-stress and have safer contact with others during Covid.”
And Zoe Weir, spokesperson for Friends of Havoc Meadows, added: “The clifftop trees are so important for local wildlife.
“We’re asking the planning committee not to let the developers damage some of our best resources for the sake of a few extra houses on this site.”
Local history group, the Lennox Heritage Society, raised concerns about Wallace’s cave which is associated with historic folklore dating back centuries.
Locals are also worried the developer has not made a firm commitment to save the site’s much-loved Notre Dame chapel and beautiful stone carvings.
Local councillor Iain McLaren has pledged to raise the community’s fears.
He said: “There is huge concern about these plans across the whole community. I intend to present their views to Planning in person.
“I urge everyone to send their comment to Planning before the September 21 deadline at tinyurl.com/DC21-211-FUL.
“Those unable to access the online portal please contact me on 07766 902747 to arrange a written comment.
“It is vital that everyone’s voice can be heard.”
Contact WDC Planning Dept with your views before Sept 21 tinyurl.com/DC21-211-FUL
Sign the online petition for updates change.org/SaveTheClifftop
Visit the Friends of Havoc Meadows Facebook page
Email the local community groups:
Contact Cllr Iain McLaren on 07766 902747