Mixed re­ac­tion over busi­ness park plans

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Ian Bunting

Chapel­hall res­i­dents have given a mixed re­sponse to news that pro­pos­als are in place to build a new busi­ness park in the vil­lage – which would in­clude a hotel, pub and petrol sta­tion.

A pre-ap­pli­ca­tion public con­sul­ta­tion on i Gray Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment Ltd’s vi­sion will take place in Novem­ber – with lo­cals also in­vited to sub­mit their views.

The sub­mis­sion from the firm is for the “for­ma­tion of a com­mer­cial busi­ness park” com­pris­ing a hotel, leisure and re­tail fa­cil­i­ties, a petrol sta­tion, take­away and pub with as­so­ciated in­fra­struc­ture, in­clud­ing drainage, ground treat­ment and land­scap­ing on land at Lan­cas­ter Av­enue and Big­gar Road.

De­tails of the site and pro­pos­als will be on dis­play at the public meet­ing, be­ing held in the vil­lage’s Mount Pleas­ant com­mu­nity cen­tre on Novem­ber 2, from 12.30pm to 6.30pm; and Gray Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives will be on hand to an­swer ques­tions.

In the mean­time, res­i­dents have re­acted to the pro­pos­als in their droves on the Chapel­hall Eye com­mu­nity Face­book page – with some op­ti­mistic about the prospect of the busi­ness park.

Martin Gra­ham said: “This will be a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal jobs and busi­ness.”

Na­dine Pater­son added: “The vil­lage needs in­vest­ment like this.

“There will be a good few jobs for peo­ple out of this.”

Ker­ryanne McDer­mott posted: “Brilliant for the vil­lage.”

Gwen Hamil­ton com­mented: “Good thing for Chapel­hall.”

Oth­ers, though, were less im­pressed by the plans, with Lorna Car­lyle ask­ing: “Has any­one con­sid­ered ad­di­tional traf­fic? Lan­cas­ter Av­enue is like a race track most days.”

Brian Duncan agreed: “Eh, no thanks. Lan­cas­ter Av­enue is bad enough with all the traf­fic on it al­ready.

“That green­belt land there is the only thing be­tween the mo­tor­way and the res­i­den­tial houses as it is.”

Carolyn Grant also high­lighted Brian’s lat­ter is­sue: “You will lose the green­belt.”

Chapel­hall res­i­dents are in­vited to at­tend the public con­sul­ta­tion in Novem­ber, when the de­vel­op­ers will be pro­vid­ing com­ment sheets for peo­ple to share thoughts and ideas, which may be “used to re­fine the plans prior to sub­mis­sion of an ap­pli­ca­tion”.

These writ­ten sub­mis­sions will be in­cluded in a pre-ap­pli­ca­tion con­sul­ta­tion report to ac­com­pany any fu­ture ap­pli­ca­tion.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to the pro­pos­als can be ob­tained from Gray Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor Neil Gray by email­ing neil@ gray­plan­ning. co. uk or call­ing 07514 278498.

Vil­lagers will­ing to make com­ments on the pro­pos­als may do so at the public meet­ing, or by send­ing an email to the above ad­dress no later than Fri­day, Novem­ber 17.

Res­i­dents are asked to note that all writ­ten rep­re­sen­ta­tions must be sent to Mr Gray’s email ad­dress and not to North La­nark­shire Coun­cil as an “op­por­tu­nity to make rep­re­sen­ta­tions to the coun­cil will ex­ist when a for­mal plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion is made”.

Big plans Satel­lite view of the land for the busi­ness park

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