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Foundations laid on plans for 2,000 new Cumbernauld homes

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 20:06 GMT on Tuesday, July 16th, 2013.

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Picture: North Lanarkshire Council.
PLANS for two-thousand new council homes, in Cumbernauld, has moved forward after a consultation into the proposals took place.

Forest Road is the area identified for 2,000 new homes by 2020, as part of the council’s Community Growth Area programme, which identified the need for 6,000 new homes in three areas; Gartcosh: Glenboig, South Cumbernauld and South Wishaw.

“Community Growth Areas are places that can accommodate large-scale, urban growth and the proposals are in the North Lanarkshire Local Plan, this received council approval at the Planning and Transportation Committee on 21 April 2010,” a council spokesperson explained.  

“The Community Growth Areas will not just meet the demand for new housing but provide other things, such as shops, schools, leisure facilities and open space. The demand for new housing and locations was identified by The Glasgow and Clyde Valley Joint Structure Plan.”

As part of the development of the plans, North Lanarkshire Council published concept statements for each of the Growth Areas, with each of these statements now incorporating the views of the respondents to the consultation into the plans. 

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The council spokesperson added: “In order to engage with local communities and those with an interest, we undertook a consultation exercise, which helped us identify how people would like to see the areas developed. All comments received have now been considered and the Concept Statements have been altered.

“The principles set out in the Concept Statement will now be taken forward in a Strategic Development Framework document. This will provide developers with further detailed information on what will be required for them to develop the area. We are presently working on this, and it will form the basis for determining future master-plans and planning applications.”

The vision for the South Cumbernauld Community Growth Area is that a new development be designed and built to a high quality, and integrate well with the existing communities and the local environment by creating a clear identity and contributing to local distinctiveness; provide for community needs; be sustainable, both environmentally and socially, in terms of protecting, enhancing and expanding environmental assets, encouraging accessibility, reducing energy and resource consumption, and being designed around people to create a well-designed and safe place where people want to live; provide infrastructure appropriate to the development; and, improve Health and Wellbeing.

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