Councillors put Abronhill high site on list of potential housing developments

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 14:40 on 29 January 2015.
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The former school has now been completely demolished. Picture: Scott Campbell for Cumbernauld Media.
COUNCILLORS on the North Lanarkshire Council Housing and Social Work Services unanimously approved a report earlier today (29 January) that recommended adding the former Abronhill High School site to a list of potential housing sites.

At a meeting in the North Lanarkshire Council’s Civic Centre headquarters earlier today (29 January), elected members unanimously backed the report, entitled ‘Building for the Future – sites’.

In the report, Elaine McHugh, Head of Housing Services at the authority writes: “In February 2014 the council approved proposals to expand the new build programme by 150 units, to 1150 units. There are currently sites identified for approximately 825 units.”

Ms McHugh goes on to identify three key sites throughout North Lanarkshire that could potentially be used to build new housing schemes. 

St James' Primary School, Coatbridge is the first site identified. “Comprising approximately 1 .9ha. It is proposed to develop approximately 30 housing units on this site,” Ms McHugh explains in her report.

“Benhar Rd, Shotts − site comprising approximately 2.5ha… is proposed to develop approximately 30 housing units on this site,” Elaine adds.

The former site of Abronhill High School, in Larch Road, Cumbernauld is the third identified site – with the report suggesting that up to 60 houses could be built on the site.

The report explains that the former school site spans “approximately 3.09ha”, adding: “It is proposed to develop approximately 60 housing units on this site.”

In justifying the proposed sites, Ms McHugh tells members of the Housing and Social Work committee – for whom the report is compiled – that: “The inclusion of the sites identified… would leave a balance of around 206 units to be identified at a future date and a number of potential sites are currently being evaluated.”

Councillors backed the report’s proposed sites, at a meeting of the authority’s Housing and Social Work Services committee, this morning (29 January).

The vote means that the former Abronhill High School site goes on a list of “potential sites that could become housing schemes, subject to full planning,” a council spokesman explained. 

A spokesman for North Lanarkshire Council explained that the backing of the report was “unanimous”, clarifying that no on-site investigation has taken place.

The council spokesman added: “The vote only means that the Abronhill High School site is added to the list of potential sites – nothing is set in stone with regards to the development of the site, and anything that does take place is subject to the planning process.”
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