Community Backed Property Proposals Submitted to North Lanarkshire Council For Approval

by Chris Fairbairn

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Plans for new homes strongly supported by the local community and local businesses, will be put to the decision makers this month to determine whether it gets the green light.

Hamilton based Banks Property first submitted the overall development proposal for its 1,040 home Glenboig Village project to North Lanarkshire Council in August 2014 and have high hopes for a positive outcome for their planning application, which has been shaped around community and official feedback.

Banks has worked closely with community groups in the area for many years, in-line with its development with care approach, resulting in 119 letters of support for the project, compared to just two letters of objection.

Full details of the social, economic and environmental benefits that the project will bring have been provided by Banks Property, as well as detail on the work required to deliver the new development taking place, something that has been applauded by the community and from business leaders in the region.

Vital to the future

Jim Agnew, Owner of Lochview Nursery in Gartcosh, said: “If the green light is given, we will be looking to grow our business rather than just consolidate. This would result in a significant increase in job opportunities with us, which will presumably be mirrored in other businesses in the area.

“Local businesses have really got behind the development and there is now a real consensus as they too will be able to plan for growth, which is vital to the future of the area.”

As well as the new homes, locals will also benefit from improved transport networks, with the introduction of a new link road connecting Glenboig directly to Gartcosh Business Park, the local train station and the M73, creating new capacity, freeing up the key junctions and making it quicker and easier for residents to get around.

Susan Lawless, a Glenboig Resident, said: “I registered my support for the development for many reasons as there are several community aspects that appeal to me. The new link road in particular will make a huge difference for local people, especially those commuting to work as they can get straight onto the motorway and won’t be hit by the current bottleneck.”

The development could, if approved, provide a huge economic boost for North Lanarkshire, representing a £200 million investment[1], whilst facilitating an estimated 700 jobs[2] – with firms in the local area encouraged to join the supply chain.

Benefits

Colin Anderson, director at Banks Property, said: “We firmly believe in working with the communities that host our developments to help shape our proposals.  This ensures they are designed to offer the best possible benefits to the local economy, as well as being sympathetic to the existing environment.

“It is great to hear the feedback from local businesses such as Lochview Nursery, who will be looking to expand should the development get the go ahead.

“This development can begin to transform an area which has seen little investment in recent years. We will use local contractors wherever possible to maximise the boost to the local economy, while the link road will improve accessibility and is sure to attract further investment into Glenboig and the surrounding area.

“With our own headquarters in Hamilton and several projects in the area, this is very much our own back yard. We are passionate about making a difference and hope that our plans are approved so we can make this a reality.”

The 1,040 homes earmarked for Glenboig are part of a Community Growth Area aiming to deliver 3,000 new homes allocated in the North Lanarkshire Local Plan.  It is estimated the Community Growth Area development will support approximately 2,500 constructions jobs and provide a boost of around £1 billion to the economy[3].

 

[1] Banks Renewables estimate based on experience on other similar sized projects

[2] Based on Homes for Scotland report “The Economic Value of the House Building Industry” – an independent report compiled by Mackay Consultants for Homes for Scotland, see: http://www.homesforscotland.com/Our-work/Publications.

[3] Homes for Scotland report “The Economic Value of the House Building Industry”, ibid.

 

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Chris Fairbairn of Scottish public relations agency, Holyrood PR in Edinburgh

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Chris Fairbairn is a PR account manager with award-winning public relations agency Holyrood Partnership. He is part of an expert PR team delivering PR services to a wide range of clients from headquarters in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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