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Home Plans Submitted


24/08/15


Residents are up in arms after controversial plans for up to 800 homes in Overtown were officially submitted to the council.

The development at Castlehill Road could see between 600 and 825 homes built on the almost 70 hectare site.


Applicants, W.D Hill and R.T Hill, state that the huge house building programme could provide a choice and range of homes, including a large percentage of affordable housing.

The development is set to bring around 275 jobs to the area.

However, this is in contrast to the belief of some residents who believe the development is too big for their village.

And they have been backed in their fight by Wishaw MP Marion Fellows.


Marion said: “The types of housing proposed will not meet the local need for more social housing and will place undue strain on local roads, schools and Wishaw General Hospital.

“It seems senseless to try to build here when the Ravenscraig site, which is just down the road, is still awaiting further development.”

Planning agents Holder Planning said that a public exhibition, held in Gowkthrapple Community Centre, was not well attended.


Managing director Robin Holder said: “There wasn’t a significant number of people at the exhibition although members of the local community council did show an interest in the plans.

“There is a significant shortage of housing in North Lanarkshire.

“This site is capable of being developed in the short to medium term to contribute to meeting these needs.” Robin added that a decision on the proposals would be taken by the council sooner rather than later and that the development could have up to 25 per cent of affordable housing in it.


Members of Overtown and Waterloo Community Council have yet to meet to discuss the application as the next meeting of the community council is not due to take place until the beginning of September.


The land is currently designated as greenbelt and has been designated a site of Interest for Nature and Conservation (SINC) by North Lanarkshire Council.

That is one of a number of reasons why Overtown residents are unhappy with the proposals.

As previously reported, local resident, and financial wealth expert, David Crichton stated that the proposal would prejudice any future redevelopment of Gowkthrapple area and increase the burden on Wishaw General Hospital services.