East Dunbartonshire

New £23m school proposed for children with additional support needs in East Dunbartonshire

A public consultation has been launched into newly unveiled plans to invest £23.5 million to build a school for children with additional support needs in Kirkintilloch.

East Dunbartonshire Council is seeking comments on its proposal to close the area’s two special schools – Campsie View School in Lenzie and Merkland School in Kirkintilloch – and invest in one state-of-the-art facility.

The new school will be able to accommodate 200 children and young people with complex learning needs who require high levels of support and could open as early as school session 2021/22.

Councillor Jim Goodall, convener of the council’s education committee, explained the background to the proposal: “Over the last year council officers and staff and parents from both schools set up a working group to look at how service provision for these children and young people could be improved.

“Drawing on the invaluable life experiences of these families and listening to our specialist staff has enabled us to develop a proposal that offers significant educational benefits for the young people.”

Current limitations on space and resources bring challenges for staff working to provide the children and young people with the help and support they need.

The proposed new school would address these constraints and include on-site nursery provision. It would also be of a vibrant, modern design to provide flexible, adaptable and accessible indoor and outdoor learning for children of all ages.

Proposals for the new school come alongside other important changes to services for young people with additional support needs in East Dunbartonshire.

Last month, following an extensive consultation process, the council agreed to establish enhanced support bases at Castlehill Primary in Bearsden and Wester Cleddens Primary in Bishopbriggs. From August 2018, staff in these bases will work with children with additional support needs who can thrive in mainstream education with the right support.

These bases are in addition to language and communication resources already established in Bearsden Academy, Bishopbriggs Academy and St Ninian’s High School in Kirkintilloch which also support young people in a mainstream setting.

Councillor Goodall added: “Helping all young people to achieve their potential and enjoy the very best possible educational experience is about offering them the right help and support in the right environment.”

The consultation will last for seven weeks.

CALA breaks ground at Milton of Campsie

CALA Homes (West) has commenced a new housing development at Birdston Road on the southern edge of Milton of Campsie.

The Fin Glen development – which comprises 43 detached homes – will be constructed to complement the area’s existing features on a 3.2 hectare site to the north of Lillyburn Nursing Home.

It follows a positive planning decision from East Dunbartonshire Council in November last year after the site was allocated for residential development within the adopted Local Development Plan.

The collection of homes will be designed to CALA’s new Light & Space specifications and will range from four-bedroom properties at 1,439 sq ft to five-bedroom properties spanning 2,225 sq ft, all of which will enjoy generous garden space.

Across the development, three areas of open space will be created, presenting a series of ‘pocket parks’ and links into the core path network, while fresh tree planting will take place, bringing to life a carefully considered new community within the town.

Community benefits that are set to result from the development include a new play area incorporated within the development, and footpath links to the wider area. A financial contribution is also being made to East Dunbartonshire Council towards education.

A further 14 affordable homes are also to be developed at Fin Glen, which will be built by CALA and managed by Link Housing Association.

Graham McNeil, land director for CALA Homes (West), said: “The Fin Glen development is a key part of our activity in 2018 and we’re very pleased to be starting work on the development.

“We’re also delighted to be introducing our new Light & Space range to Milton of Campsie, with its high spec design offering the best in contemporary living.

“We believe that the site’s natural containment and great accessibility will help make Fin Glen a very attractive place to live, while our track record of successfully delivering high quality neighbourhoods in East Dunbartonshire, including Bearsden and Lenzie, makes us a good fit for realising the site’s fantastic potential.

“Once completed, these luxury homes will benefit from Milton of Campsie’s beautiful scenery, stunning countryside, and easy access to Glasgow, allowing residents to enjoy a great mix of countryside and rural living.”

Graham added: “CALA is committed to delivering sustainable developments, maximising the use of land and natural resources while minimising impacts on the environment – and we are certain that our Fin Glen homes will blend seamlessly into the existing community.”

The Fin Glen showhome is due to be completed by autumn 2018 with completion of the development scheduled for 2020.

Bishopbriggs housing decision overturned on appeal

CALA Homes (West) has welcomed a Notice of Intention to allow an appeal and grant permission on its proposed development at Meadowburn, Bishopbriggs.

The decision from the Planning and Environment Appeals Division (DPEA) means that East Dunbartonshire Council’s planning board’s original decision to reject plans for 136 homes has been overturned.

Determination has been deferred for a period of 13 weeks to allow for the relevant Planning Agreement to be completed.

CALA said the new development will provide much-needed housing in the area, including the creation of a sensitively designed new neighbourhood with a strong connection to the canal-side setting.

The planning agreement includes a requirement for a Section 75 legal agreement to secure local road junction improvements, an improved footpath along the canal on the development side, on-site affordable housing, monies towards secondary school education, a financial contribution towards the A803 corridor works and a contribution towards sports and recreation.

Graham McNeil, land director for CALA Homes (West), said: “We are pleased with this positive decision from the Scottish Government. We look forward to working with East Dunbartonshire Council on progressing a development that will bring with it many community benefits.”

As part of the plans, 36 affordable homes will be delivered which will help to meet local demand for much needed affordable homes. These will be delivered in two phases with a key phase built in the early stages of development.

In addition to a new village green featuring children’s play space and associated play equipment, there will also be a linear green corridor adjacent to the canal-side in order to maintain, encourage and further promote wildlife and ecological diversity in and around the canal edge.

A diverse selection of housetypes, ranging from one bedroom apartments through to five bedroom family homes, is set to be built on the brownfield site, which had already been allocated for housing within the adopted East Dunbartonshire Local Plan and the approved Local Development Plan.

Mr McNeil added: “We are confident that our proposals will provide high quality housing for families in the town, and will also help to boost the local economy.”

Rangers granted training ground extension planning permission

Rangers Football Club has received planning permission to improve its Auchenhowie training base in Milngavie.

A new stand for spectators to watch youth games, additional dressing room facilities, a classroom area and more floodlighting will be added after East Dunbartonshire Council gave the green light to the project.

The enhancements will be funded by the Rangers Fans Fighting Fund, an initiative set up by Sandy Jardine in March 2012, with further support coming from the Scottish Football Partnership.

Managing director Stewart Robertson told rangers.co.uk: “We are excited by this new project. Our Academy is a key part of our business plan and we are starting to see the benefits of the significant progress we have made in this area with the likes of Ross McCrorie, Jamie Barjonas and Ryan Hardie all featuring in recent weeks.

“The stand will be a tangible legacy provided by the supporters which will also provide more dressing room capacity and education space, which will benefit our young players. It will facilitate greater utilisation of our Academy pitches and thereby the amount of time the players spend with a ball at their feet. Ultimately this will assist us in producing more players for the first team.

“The new floodlighting will also allow us greater pitch availability, which again will benefit the players. I would like to thank the RFFF for allowing us to push forward with this important and exciting initiative and, along with the support from our friends at the Scottish Football Partnership, we will deliver a facility that all Rangers fans can be proud of and which will benefit the club for years to come.”

Auchenhowie was opened in 2001 and features seven full-sized pitched as well as an indoor pitch and a practice area on a 14-acre site.

Work on the new facility is set to begin this month.

CALA unveils housing plans for former Broomhill Hospital site

A potential street scene from the proposed development

A potential street scene from the proposed development

A joint planning application for a proposed housing development at the former Broomhill Hospital in Kirkintilloch has been submitted by CALA Homes (West) and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

The applicants seek to create a high quality development of 162 private and affordable homes, on a site that is allocated for housing in the adopted East Dunbartonshire Local Development Plan 2, 2017.

The proposed private housing mix will comprise of apartments, cottage flats, townhouses, terraced and detached properties. Forty affordable homes will also feature a range of cottage flats and terraced houses.

The affordable housing provision equates to 25% of the total number of homes proposed on the site and is expected to be delivered by CALA for Link Housing Association.

CALA’s proposals represent an investment in excess of £30 million in the long-term future of the community with the creation of over 100 direct and 50 indirect construction jobs expected.

It is further thought that the development will generate in excess of £300,000 per annum for East Dunbartonshire Council in council tax receipts.

After closing in 1995, the majority of the former hospital buildings were de-listed and demolished in 2013/14, turning the site into a now vacant brownfield development opportunity within the town. CALA was selected as preferred developer by the NHS in early 2017, following the most recent open marketing process.

A Proposal of Application Notice (PoAN) was submitted to East Dunbartonshire Council in May, and a successful public consultation event was held at William Patrick Library in August.

The feedback from the public consultation, together with the extensive pre-application discussions with key stakeholders, have shaped the designs, culminating in an attractive site proposal that will meet all planning and environmental requirements.

If approved, the development will embody CALA’s distinctive style and will be crafted to the high specifications synonymous with the premier homebuilder.

Graham McNeil, land director for CALA Homes (West), said: “The submission of the planning application shows CALA’s commitment to delivering a range and choice of high quality homes on this allocated brownfield site in East Dunbartonshire.

“Strength in design excellence and sector-leading build quality sets us apart from other developers.

“We are looking forward to progressing the application with East Dunbartonshire Council and believe that the proposals respond well to the site’s unique characteristics and setting, and will positively enhance this area of Kirkintilloch.”

David Loudon, NHS GGC’s director of property, procurement & facilities management, said: “I am delighted that the detailed planning application will now be progressed with East Dunbartonshire Council and that the site of the former Broomhill Hospital can be reused to help in the delivery of much needed housing in the Kirkintilloch area, whilst offering open space for potential community use.”

The applicants are targeting a positive planning decision from East Dunbartonshire Council around springtime next year.

If planning permission is granted, work is expected to start on site in late summer 2018, with the first residents taking occupation around 12 months later.

Kier named as Tier One contractor to hub West Scotland

Kier imageKier Construction Scotland has been appointed as a Tier One contractor to hub West Scotland’s supply chain.

A joint-venture organisation owned by both the public and private sectors, hub West Scotland delivers a range of public sector capital works projects throughout west central Scotland.

It works in partnership with 15 public bodies in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area, including NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and six local authorities: East Dunbartonshire; West Dunbartonshire; East Renfrewshire; Renfrewshire; Inverclyde and Glasgow City councils, covering a population of around 1.2 million people.

The partnership designs and constructs a wide range of new community facilities, including schools, health and community centres and facilities for blue light organisations, whilst providing value for money to the public purse and the opportunity to work with local SMEs.

Kier Construction Scotland is already an equity stakeholder and Tier One contractor in hub South West Scotland and a Tier One contractor on hub North and hub East Central.

Iain Marley, chief executive of hub West Scotland, said: “Key supply chain members are a vital ingredient in the success of hub West Scotland where we work in a collaborative partnership to deliver quality, innovative and value for money solutions to our public sector partners.

“Kier Construction Scotland boasts a wealth of delivery experience, and we look forward to working with them as a partnering contractor on future projects, to develop a sustainable future within communities across west central Scotland.”

Brian McQuade, Kier Construction Scotland’s managing director, added: “We are delighted to be appointed as a Tier One contractor to hub West Scotland. We believe that Kier has a great deal to offer the partnership and we are looking forward to working closely with the hub West team and supporting local communities by creating employment and educational opportunities.”

Royal opening for Deafblind Scotland’s new learning and development centre

Field of Dreams Royal Opening Oct 17 (7)_preview

Deafblind Scotland’s new learning and development centre in Lenzie has been officially opened by The Princess Royal.

The centre was constructed by Clark Contracts, the construction, refurbishment and maintenance contractor with their appointed design team Austin-Smith:Lord and Charles Scott & Partners.

The 7,000 square foot building, commissioned by leading charity Deafblind Scotland, is acoustically neutral with sound and light absorbing surfaces.

Initially called ‘The Field of Dreams’, the £2m centre features an arts facility, IT room and recording studio which will be a daily resource for more than 800 Deafblind Scotland members who are severely dual sensory impaired.

Clark Contracts worked closely with Deafblind Scotland and their project manager Hg Consulting to value engineer the project to a cost and specification suitable to Deafblind Scotland.

Ruth Dorman, chief executive, Deafblind Scotland, said: “Clark Contracts and their design team have been instrumental in the delivery of the project with a hands on and approachable attitude. The team made the language of construction accessible to us all at Deafblind Scotland which in turn made the process inclusive for everyone.”

Michael Scanlan, director, Clark Contracts, said: “We have enjoyed working with Deafblind Scotland and our Design Team to deliver this important project that we hope will provide valuable facilities for deafblind people across Scotland for many years to come.”

Andrew McCafferty, director, Austin-Smith:Lord said: “This was an immensely satisfying project being part of Clark Contracts’ team, working within the constraints of budget and demanding timescale to provide a positive learning and teaching environment for Deafblind Scotland and the community that also achieves a significant presence within it’s locality.”

Phase four of Bishopbriggs Relief Road delayed until early 2018

Bishopbriggs Relief RoadThe £6.5 million fourth phase of the Bishopbriggs Relief Road project has been delayed until early next year.

Following a recent meeting between East Dunbartonshire Council and Network Rail, the local authority has confirmed the scheme’s completion date has been pushed back to early 2018.

This is due to the need to relocate utility cables and ongoing wider works to deliver the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP), which is being carried out by Network Rail.

The fourth phase of the road upgrade project is being delivered by Morrison Construction. It involves the creation of a new road between the end of Phase 3, at Wester Cleddens Roundabout, and a new roundabout near the Aviva offices on Westerhill Road. In addition, a new bridge is being created over the Edinburgh-Glasgow railway line as well as a new access road for Cadder Yard.

However, further work ongoing on the EGIP has delayed the installation of the new bridge.

Councillor Jim Gibbons said: “The council is disappointed at the wider works outwith its control which are now impacting on the timing of the delivery of the road and fully share the frustrations of local residents and businesses.

“It is, however, essential to ensure that the relief road and the EGIP are delivered safely and that any issues which come to light, such as the need for utility relocation, are dealt with as they arise.

“Rest assured, we will continue to work with all parties involved – particularly Network Rail – to ensure any further delays are kept to a minimum wherever this is within our control and officers have escalated matters with our delivery partners.

“Based on the current programme for the installation of the bridge over the railway line, officers are advising that the road is programmed for completion by February next year.”

CALA unveils housing plan for Lenzie site

A typical CALA West street scene

A typical CALA West street scene

CALA Homes (West) has submitted a planning application for a proposed development in Claddens, Lenzie.

The housebuilder is keen to create 74 high quality homes on the site, which lies south of Blacklands Place, including a mix of 48 private homes and 26 affordable homes, which would provide much-needed family housing for the local community.

A Proposal of Application Notice (PoAN) was submitted to East Dunbartonshire Council in July last year. The site was allocated for housing development in the council’s Local Development Plan that was adopted in February 2017. A pre-application consultation event took place at Lenzie Tennis Club in May.

If approved, CALA said each of the homes in the development will embody its distinctive style and will be crafted to high specifications.

Graham McNeil, land director for CALA Homes (West), said: “In submitting our planning application, we are showing our commitment to delivering a range and choice of high quality homes in this sought-after area of East Dunbartonshire.

“The homes will be in-keeping with their surrounding environment and will appeal to buyers looking for a spacious, contemporary home, just 15 minutes from the centre of Glasgow.

“There’s a real demand for housing in this very popular area and we are confident that our proposed development will meet that need.

“We are looking forward to progressing our plans for the site as we believe the development will also positively enhance the surrounding area.”

CALA hopes that a positive planning decision will be made by East Dunbartonshire Council before the end of 2017. If planning permission is granted, work is expected to start on site in Summer 2018, with the first residents taking occupation in Summer 2019.

East Dunbartonshire greenbelt housing appeal dismissed by ministers

East Dunbartonshire CouncilAn appeal against East Dunbartonshire Council’s decision to reject plans for housing on greenbelt land has been dismissed by the Scottish Government.

The local authority’s Planning Board unanimously agreed on 8 November 2016 to refuse planning permission in principle for housing on land at Wester Gartshore Road, Waterside Road, Kirkintilloch.

Grounds for refusal included the application being contrary to the council’s Local Development Plan – which designates the 6.5-hectare site as greenbelt – and Scottish Planning Policy.

Board members determined that the application would have an adverse impact on landscape, biodiversity and the greenbelt. There were also objections from a local resident and Gartconner Primary Parent Council.

Following the refusal, Persimmon Homes lodged an appeal with the Scottish Government, however, a Reporter for the Planning and Environmental Appeals Division has now dismissed that appeal and upheld the Board’s decision.

She said: “The proposed development does not accord overall with the relevant provisions of the development plan and there are no material considerations which would still justify granting planning permission.”

Councillor Billy Hendry, chair of East Dunbartonshire’s Planning Board, said: “This is excellent news for East Dunbartonshire and clearly demonstrates that the council has a robust greenbelt policy which we will continue to protect and defend.

“The decision vindicates the Board’s united stance to refuse permission – based on planning policy and in particular concerns over inappropriate development in the greenbelt, biodiversity and landscape issues.

“The proposal was contrary to the new Local Development Plan and potentially paved the way for more applications to build on greenbelt sites, so I’m delighted that the Scottish Government Reporter has dismissed the appeal.”

A separate appeal against the council’s decision to reject plans to build 57 new homes on a greenbelt site near Birdston Road in Milton of Campsie was upheld by ministers last week.