Green light for first phase of Taylor Wimpey’s North Lanarkshire homes scheme

Taylor Wimpey West Scotland has secured planning permission from North Lanarkshire Council to deliver 222 homes in phase one of Torrance Park in Holytown.

Phase one of the multi-million pound development is located on an area of land of around 40 acres that is adjacent to the western boundary of the established US PGA designed Torrance Park Golf Course in Holytown.

The Torrance Park development of three, four and five bedroom homes will also see Taylor Wimpey embrace the Scottish planning guidance principles of ‘Designing Streets’ which aims to create varied streetscapes and spaces. The development will introduce development features such as focal points within many of the street-scenes, as well as character areas which are essentially shared spaces in a residential zone to provide a focus for social interaction.

Character areas will be real assets to the overall feel of this development with trees, landscaping and street furniture creating a social space in preference to the traditional facility for cars. There will also be two ‘natural’ style play areas that create visually attractive yet fun places for children to play.

Stephen Andrew, associate technical director for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, said: “Taylor Wimpey is delighted to confirm that full planning permission has been granted for our land at Torrance Park in Holytown. This marks the next key stage of progress in our partnership with Murray Estates, as well as our ongoing commitment, investment and strong track record of delivering excellent quality developments in North Lanarkshire.

“Our role in the creation of Torrance Park, and our plan to embrace the ‘Designing Streets’ planning guidance will deliver an attractive and desirable place to live within the Holytown area of North Lanarkshire. This planning consent marks significant progress for the overall Torrance Park master plan, as well as our commitment to build new homes here.

“We plan to have the first release of our three, four and five bedroom homes on sale at Torrance Park in early 2015, with the first families expected to move in towards the end of 2015.

“Taylor Wimpey is one of the largest homebuilders in the UK, helping to create new homes and communities across the country. And we’re keen to make a positive contribution to the existing local community of Holytown as our development progresses.”

Pre-construction works are already well underway for this phase of the development that will offer an impressive mix of 222 three, four and five bedroom new homes from Taylor Wimpey, as well as a new clubhouse, changing facilities and car parking for the popular golf course that is recognised as one of the best courses in the local area.

The £60m Torrance Park development by Murray Estates Ltd secured planning permission in 2010 from North Lanarkshire Council. This multi-million pound master plan development will also provide extensive road and infrastructure works.

Russell Wilkie, senior development manager for Murray Estates Ltd added: “Taylor Wimpey’s planning consent marks the beginning of a key and exciting phase in our journey to deliver our vision that will create a vibrant mixed-use development in the heart of North Lanarkshire.

“Significant pre-construction works are already well underway and they are progressing well, so news that Taylor Wimpey will be gearing up to launch new homes for sale early in the New Year marks great progress for the development.”

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