Decision looms on Glenboig Village project

Callum Whiteford (development relations coordinator, Banks) left with Jim Agnew (owner of Lochview Nursery) second from left
Callum Whiteford (development relations coordinator, Banks) left with Jim Agnew (owner of Lochview Nursery and supporter of the scheme) second from left

Plans to build 1,040 homes as part of a Community Growth Area east of Glasgow, as well as a community hub and a link road, are to be put to decision makers this week.

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.

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

Plans for a link road that could provide direct access from the proposed property development to the Gartcosh Business Park, the local railway station and the M73 were given the ‘amber light’ by the council back in February.

Banks said the proposals are strongly supported by the local community and local businesses.

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.

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