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Wasteground Sold For Housing
Waste ground next to St Ninian’s Primary in Hillhouse has been sold for housing by South Lanarkshire Council.
The 4.5 acre site between Wellcroft Road and St Ninian’s Road has been sold to Keepmoat Homes Limited for £646,300.
The council have been trying to sell the land for the past 14 years and the sale has been welcomed by residents.
Keepmoat plan to build 60 homes on the site, with 40 for private sale and 20 to be rented by a social landlord.
Councillors approved the sale at a meeting of South Lanarkshire’s Executive Committee last week.
The report put before councillors said the developer was keen to start working on the site in 2015.
Hillhouse resident Adam McCafferty, who sits on the area’s community council, has welcomed the news. He said: “Personally I think it’s a great idea. It’s land that has been lying empty up until now.”
“There had been kids hanging about drinking and causing trouble, so putting houses on the land will take that away.”
He said the community council will be discussing the plan at their next meeting in January.
And he does not foresee any issues, but says they might have some thoughts on the access road to the houses.
Adam said: “There might be a small issue with regards to where they are putting the access road for the houses on Wellcroft Road.
“That’s quite a busy road with buses.”
Hamilton West and Earnock Councillor Allan Falconer has also welcomed the plans.
He said: “That site has been up for sale for quite a while and it hasn’t been used for anything.
“There used to be a play area on it and a gate you could go through and walk through on to Wellcroft Road. “But that was closed because of anti-social behaviour. “I welcome the investment there.”