CALA to invest £30m in Bishopbriggs site

A typical CALA street scene

CALA Homes (West) is to invest £30 million in Bishopbriggs with a new 136-home development.

The housebuilder announced it has finalised the provision of “significant community benefits” for its planned development at Jellyhill, through an agreement with East Dunbartonshire Council.

The proposals include 136 new homes, including apartments, as well as community benefits through a Section 75 agreement with the council. The agreement will create 34 affordable homes, contributions towards local education amounting to £502,560, a £130,000 sports pitch contribution, and £41,500 towards A803 route corridor improvement plans.

CALA will also upgrade the footpath on the south bank of the Forth & Clyde Canal and install a new signalised junction at the Meadowburn/A803 junction.

The housebuilder said that original site layouts have been “adjusted” to retain more green space than initially proposed. The proposals, once complete, will deliver around five acres of usable open space within the site, including play space and urban drainage features designed to boost local wildlife. A network of footpaths and cycleways will also be included.

Graham McNeil, land director for CALA Homes (West), said, “We are pleased to confirm that detailed planning consent has been granted and we look forward to progressing with the vision for the site which has lain derelict for a number of years.  Our plans have continued to evolve by taking into account community feedback over a number of months, and we believe that once the proposal begins to take shape on the ground, the site will open up to the existing community, offering enhanced access to the canal and green corridor and providing usable open space for local residents to enjoy.

“CALA believes that the proposed homes will deliver a positive, lasting legacy for the town, with existing local businesses also benefiting over the medium to long-term as new residents settle in to their new homes. The Section 75 agreement also ensures that funds will be allocated to upgrade local facilities, services and amenities. We have already experienced significant levels of buyer interest, and we firmly believe that the vision for this unique setting will make it a really attractive, well connected place to live. We hope that the benefits will be felt by new buyers and local residents alike.”