Firm re­vises plans in EuroPark project

Changes af­ter M8 up­grade and res­i­dents’ feed­back

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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

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