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Lidl & Housing To Be Built On Former Holy Cross High School Site
The site of the former Holy Cross High School in Hamilton is being re-developed into a Lidl supermarket and 76 new homes.
South Lanarkshire Council approved the plans at a planning committee meeting.
Pupils moved out of the Holy Cross building in 2007 to their new school in park Street.
The building was then bulldozed in 2010.
The Lidl will be accessed from Muir street and built on the south side of the site, while the housing, consisting of 55 houses and 21 flats will fill the rest of the site.
The flats will front on to Muir Street, and all of the residential properties will be accessed from The Furlongs.
In addition the developers have agreed to make a contribution of £114,000 towards play facilities in the area. There were eight objections to the plans regarding concerns over parking, privacy and traffic.
In a report put before the planning committee, officers said that the extra traffic could be accommodated by the existing road network. Residents in Mote Hill were concerned about loss of privacy and that the new homes would overlook their properties.
Officers said there was no significant impact which would justify refusing permission.
The council also said that there was sufficient parking spaces being created for the development and that drivers who had been using the vacant site for parking, particularly at Muir Street, had been doing so at the ‘sufferance of the site owner’.
If these drivers then began parking in private spaces elsewhere that would be an issue for the space owner to address.
There were concerns that the old school wall which still stands between the former school site and Motehill would be removed.
However, officers confirmed that the wall would remain and minor repairs will be carried out. The report also says drainage works will stop run-off and there will be no impact on wildlife, including bats.
Councillor Hugh Dunsmuir welcomed the plans on behalf of the planning committee.
He said: “This site has been derelict for a number of years after Holy Cross High moved to their fantastic new home just up the road.
“Although there have been two previous approvals for housing, the economic downturn has meant that, unfortunately neither has progressed.
“The site, in the meantime has become more of an eyesore and that is why I am delighted to see these plans come in front of us today.
“Not only will the plans provide a variety of new housing types in a prime location, but this part of the town will also benefit from further investment and retail choice.”