North Lanarkshire Council’s major housing plans already benefiting residents

NORTH Lanarkshire Council has said that its plans to deliver 5,000 new homes by 2035 are already having a positive impact on the constituency.

The local authority has so far completed 817 new homes, with a further 200 currently under construction and more in the planning stage. A further 490 have been made available through the council’s buy back scheme, which allows it to add property to its stock from the open market.

The latest sites approved for new council homes are at Calderrigg Place, Airdrie, which will see approximately 30 new homes built and the former Petersburn Primary School, Airdrie, where plans for around 40 new homes are being developed.

Groundwork is now underway at its largest new council housing site in Holehills, Airdrie, to deliver 150 new homes – 19 of which are the first confirmed net zero project undertaken by the developer CCG.

The site at Holehills is part of the council’s ambitious programme to demolish its tower blocks and replace them with new high quality homes for the future. The three tower blocks at Holehills were recently demolished to make way for the new development which includes 11 new wheelchair standard homes, and a mix of one to four-bedroom homes, including semi-detached, terraced, cottage flats and bungalows. The cost of the Holehills development is £27m with a grant funding contribution of £8.8m being made by the Scottish Government.

The council said work is also expected to start on site next month at Northburn Avenue, Airdrie, where 31 homes, a mix of one to three-bedrooms, including three suitable for wheelchair users, are being built on the site of 28 flats which were recently demolished as part of the re-provisioning programme.

It added that work is progressing in Coatbridge with plans to deliver 58 new homes at Lismore Drive in Old Monkland. The council is also developing designs for its site on the former Columba High School, which will bring 132 new homes to the area.

Pamela Humphries, head of planning and regeneration at North Lanarkshire Council, said, “Our plans are significant and are already having a positive impact on the lives of our tenants and residents across North Lanarkshire’s communities.

“Our new homes are designed and built to the highest standards and all meet housing for varying needs, which means homes are more accessible to adapt to tenants’ mobility needs. They are built for the future and will last for generations to come.

“Improving the lives of our tenants and regenerating our local communities and town centres are the drivers behind our plans to realise the council’s vision to make North Lanarkshire the place to live, learn, work, invest and visit.”