‘Momentous decision’ for Ravenscraig regeneration plans

RAVENSCRAIG’S new masterplan has been approved by North Lanarkshire Council, paving the way for ‘transformative regeneration’ of the site.

Outline planning permission has been approved for the masterplan, which has been described as reflecting the needs of the modern community with a focus on ‘high quality housing, transport links, education and employment opportunities, and space to exercise, play and enjoy the outdoors’.

Developers Ravenscraig Ltd – a joint venture comprising Scottish Enterprise, Wilson Bowden and Tata Steel – held a number of drop-in exhibitions, giving members of the public the chance to view and comment on the masterplan proposals. The plan is to now bring individual phases forward for consent.

Nick Davies, director of Ravenscraig Ltd said, “This is a momentous decision that will unlock Ravenscraig’s potential and help to attract more investment into this famous site. There has already been significant regeneration work over the last decade and we’re proud to say Ravenscraig is now a thriving community.

“This represents the beginning of the next phase of regeneration at Ravenscraig. With planning approval now granted, we will move forward with our ambitious plans to further transform the site, ensuring sustainability and inclusive growth are at the heart of our approach. We are committed to working with North Lanarkshire Council and investors to deliver on the promise of Ravenscraig.”

The decision follows work starting on a new £3.7 million public park at Ravenscraig. It also follows North Lanarkshire Council’s announcement of a £190 million roads programme.