Homes to go ahead

33 let­ters ob­ject­ing to bid

Hamilton Advertiser - - NEWS - Alas­tair Mc­neill

Plans to build 105 houses on the banks of the Clyde at Both­well were ap­proved by coun­cil­lors this week, de­spite 33 let­ters of ob­jec­tion.

Miller Homes’ scheme, on land for­merly oc­cu­pied by Both­well Bank Farm, com­prises 15 and 32 de­tached houses to the north of the site, to be ac­cessed by a new junc­tion from Blan­tyre Mill Road, and 33 de­tached homes and 25 ‘af­ford­able’ homes ac­cessed from Clyde Av­enue.

Res­i­dents neigh­bour­ing the 10.5 hectare site ex­pressed con­cern ear­lier this year that the de­vel­op­ment would put ‘huge pres­sures’ on nearby roads and cause more con­ges­tion in an area where ve­hi­cles are parked up and down road­ways.

They had pointed out that dou­ble park­ing in the area was com­mon and Scot­tish Wa­ter tankers, go­ing to and from the nearby sewage works, strug­gled to ne­go­ti­ate Clyde Av­enue.

How­ever, South La­nark­shire plan­ning chief Michael Mcg­lynn told coun­cil­lors on Tues­day that roads and trans­porta­tion ser­vices did not back these con­cerns and had “of­fered no ob­jec­tion to the use of ei­ther Clyde Av­enue or Blan­tyre Mill Road as ac­cess to the de­vel­op­ment”,

He added: “As with any res­i­den­tial street, due care and at­ten­tion must be paid so as not to re­strict ac­cess for res­i­dents, the emer­gency ser­vices or sew­er­age ve­hi­cles. The pro­posal can there­fore be con­sid­ered ac­cept­able in terms of these is­sues.”

Mr Mcg­lynn how­ever pointed out that the lo­cal au­thor­ity’s ar­bori­cul­ture of­fi­cials had raised con­cern about the loss of trees at the lo­ca­tion, no­tably a “small group” close to Grieve Croft.

But he added: “The ma­ture belt around the perime­ter will be re­tained and largely un­af­fected by the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment. Fur­ther­more, the sub­mit­ted land­scape mas­ter­plan in­di­cates that new wood­land plant­ing is pro­posed within the ex­ist­ing gully area and other bound­ary area.

“Tree plant­ing is also pro­posed within gar­den ar­eas, streets and pub­lic amenity space. These works will com­pen­sate any loss of trees and pro­vide a valu­able amenity set­ting for the de­vel­op­ment.”

He also pointed out that the de­vel­op­ment lay­out met the stan­dards set out in the coun­cil’s res­i­den­tial de­sign guide.

Con­ges­tion fears MSP Richard Lyle with Clyde Av­enue res­i­dents dur­ing the sum­mer

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