Gregory’s Girl school site has “potential” for housing

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 12:46 on 3 February 2015.
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Abronhill High School being demolished. Picture: courtesy of Bill Henry.
WITH the site cleared where the once famous Abronhill High School stood, elected members at North Lanarkshire Council have backed proposals to put the former school site on a list of potential housing sites.

Voting unanimously for the proposals last Thursday (29 January), elected members backed a report that called for three newly identified sites to be added to the authority’s prospective list of ‘Building for the Future’ sites.

St James' Primary School in Coatbridge was the first site identified, with the council seeing potential for up to 30 housing units within the school’s 1.9 hectare site.

Benhar Road in Shotts was the next identified. Comprising approximately 2.5 hectare of space, North Lanarkshire Council believes the site could make room for around 30 new houses.

The former site of Abronhill High School, in Larch Road was the third identified site – with a the report put before councillors on the Housing and Social Work Services committee last Thursday suggesting that up to 60 houses could be built on the site.

The vote means that the former Abronhill High School site goes on a list of potential locations that could become housing schemes, subject to full planning. However, no on-site investigation has taken place and any further progress will be subject to the full planning process.

“We are continuing to develop our £172m ‘Building for the Future’ new build housing programme, to deliver 1,150 new council homes across North Lanarkshire,” Elaine McHugh, Head of Housing Service explained.

Ms McHugh added: “So far we have completed 251 new homes for local people, with many others already under construction or development. We are also continuing to identify potential new sites to be included in the programme.

“The land at the former Abronhill HS has been identified as a potential site for housing .This will be subject to a full site investigation and relevant planning application in due course.

“The council is the largest local authority landlord in Scotland and face a desperate need for more affordable housing, particularly in the Cumbernauld area. The Abronhill site is in the heart of the local community and if selected as a new site, will provide much needed homes for local people.”
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