Firm revises plans in EuroPark project
Changes after M8 upgrade and residents’ feedback
A revised Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) for the ambitious EuroPark project – just off the M8 – has been submitted to North Lanarkshire Council, including a major affordable housing allocation.
Orchard Brae Ltd’s plans for housing, retail, leisure and community facilities to complement the Eurocentral employment hub have taken into account the completion of the M8 motorway upgrade and community feedback following initial consultations last year.
With the new transport infrastructure now complete, the developer has been able to recalibrate its plan proposals to integrate with the new road layouts and move ahead with refreshed proposals for 1600 private homes, collectively entitled ‘The Villages’, and more than 1000 social affordable and market rent properties.
Orchard Brae says it’s in preliminary discussions with a major affordable housing provider and believes that this element of the proposals will help to provide a diverse range of houses suitable for all amid a “vibrant new community”, representing a “significant cont ribution” to Nor th Lanarkshire’s housing supply.
The proposals also include a health village, while new cycle and pedestrian routes have been earmarked for the site, intersected by the Monklands Canal and Calder Water, along with hotel, conference, retail and school facilities.
As a key element of the site, Orchard Brae says it hopes to formalise and improve the green network, retaining at least one third of the land as open green space, which would include improved canal routes and heightened access and leisure opportunities for new and existing residents.
The PAN notice pre- empts a detailed planning proposal which is expected to be submitted early in 2018.
Orchard Brae director, Scott Gillespie, said: “As our plans for the site continue to gather momentum, we are excited by the huge possibilities of this landmark project, particularly now that the M8 upgrade has been completed, allowing us to integrate our masterplan with the new transport networks and junction nearby.
“We have also demonstrated our commitment to working closely with North Lanarkshire Council and adapting our approach in line with their thoughts, particularly by reducing our original plans from 3000 to 2600 homes.
“Furthermore, we have gone above and beyond the required local authority stipulation by proposing that a third of our housing allocation is affordable.
“If approved by the local authority, EuroPark will provide modern, high- quality and affordable living spaces for all – and we are proud to be delivering such a transformational investment in a proposed new community between Airdrie and Coatbridge.”
He added: “We are thrilled to have homebuilders Dundas Estates on board, as it will be through key partnerships like these that the development will be brought to life.”
“A development of this size would make a significant contribution to not only North Lanarkshire’s requirements, but also the Scottish Government’s ambitious targets for delivery.”
Orchard Brae wishes to consult with residents and other key stakeholders as they look to further shape their proposals, and expect to embark on a second round of consultation events later this month.
EuroPark will provide modern, high-quality and affordable living spaces