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SLC Approve Homes Plan
A £21million investment in Hamilton could see 1800 homes built and thousands of jobs created as new communities are formed.
The massive investment would be delivered by South Lanarkshire Council as part of the Glasgow City Region City Deal and would see the creation of the Hamilton Community Growth Area.
Council chiefs are aiming to use the funding to create the necessary infrastructure and improvements to enable private house-building to be developed on two sites totalling 160 hectares on sites either side of Torhead Farm, beside Eddlewood, Meikle Earnock, Woodhead, Little Earnock and High Earnock.
This is a long-standing commitment in the council’s Local Development Plan.
The Outline Business Case for the project was approved by South Lanarkshire Council’s Executive Committee on Wednesday 5th, clearing the way for the funding to be presented for approval when the City Deal Cabinet meets later this month.
Eddie McAvoy, leader of South Lanarkshire Council, said: “This will be a massive boost to Hamilton in terms of much-needed new housing, jobs and community facilities and major improvements to the road network.
“It forms part of the four South Lanarkshire City Deal-funded projects – Community Growth Areas in Newton, Hamilton, Larkhall and East Kilbride, the Cathkin Relief Road, and Greenhills Road and Stewartfield Way in East Kilbride.
“This investment is tremendously exciting as it makes real and massive differences to people’s lives. ‘Community growth’ is a perfect description of what is proposed through this project, in that the investment in housing, schools, local facilities and transport will improve all aspects of quality of life for people of all ages in this area.”
South Lanarkshire Council are one of eight local authorities which joined the UK and Scottish Governments in signing up to the £1.13billion Glasgow City Region City Deal, which pushes economic growth across the area through an initial 20 key infrastructure projects.
Should the Outline Business Case for the Hamilton Community Growth Area and its associated funding be approved by the City Deal Cabinet, it is intended that a series of Full Business Cases will be prepared, starting in 2017.
Starting next year, the development of the 1800 homes would be undertaken by a consortium of major housing developers over what has been initially estimated as a 25-year period.
Although work done through the City Deal funding could see this timescale reduced by as much as 11 years.
Three affordable-housing developments are intended to be included over the course of the projects, as well as extensions being added to Woodhead Primary School, St Mark’s Primary Schools, Calderside Academy, a new nursery being constructed, community facilities being built and a variety of road junctions being improved.
Councillor McAvoy added: “It is no secret that new housing is desperately needed, but when we are dealing with the development of such a high number of homes, it is vital that it is structured in a way to create a new community while at the same time benefiting the existing communities surrounding it.
“The City Deal allows us to do exactly that, and we are very much looking forward to seeing this major project take shape and start to improve lives.”