More sites added to North Lanarkshire Council’s housebuilding programme
Councillors have approved the addition of further sites for new council homes as North Lanarkshire Council continues to roll out its new build housing plans.
The local authority said its plans to deliver 5,000 new affordable homes by 2035 will support the local economy by creating new jobs, regenerating local communities and transforming town centres into vibrant multi-use spaces.
The sites identified and agreed are:
- The former Cumbernauld Village Primary School. This site, comprising approximately 8 homes, will support and complement the development of the new Early Learning Centre.
- The former Police Station at Main Street, Glenboig, will include approximately 6 homes, including specialist wheelchair provision.
- YMCA and Brandon Street, Motherwell, a town centre project, will accommodate approximately 49 homes.
- King Street, Wishaw, a town centre project, comprising approximately 16 homes.
- Garnqueen Farm, Main Street, Glenboig - approximately 15 homes ‘off the shelf’ purchase.
In support of the new homes, the council is also ensuring it maximises the number of affordable homes available for tenants by way of its buy back scheme, which has already seen 396 homes made available, and its Development Pathfinder approach which allows the council to purchase new build homes directly from developers.
The sites agreed have been assessed and are for inclusion in the new-build programme, subject to the conclusion of detailed ground investigations, full title checks and appropriate statutory consents.
Councillor Heather Brannan-McVey, convener of the housing and regeneration committee, said: “These additional sites for new build homes reaffirms our commitment to delivering one of the biggest new council house building programmes ever undertaken.
“Improving the lives of our tenants and regenerating our local communities and town centres are the drivers behind our long term ambition and we’re continuing to make significant progress. It’s an exciting time for North Lanarkshire and we’re committed to delivering on our ambitions and aspirations for the area and our residents.”