New mas­ter­plan for Raven­scraig

De­vel­op­ers make ‘pos­tive steps’

Hamilton Advertiser - - ALL ABOUT LANARKSHIRE - Shirley Bar­tynek

The de­vel­op­ers of Raven­scraig, one of Europe’s largest re­gen­er­a­tion projects, have sub­mit­ted a mas­ter­plan which aims to at­tract sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment into the area.

Their plan­ning sub­mis­sion fol­lows North La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s an­nounce­ment of a £190m roads pro­gramme which will boost the area’s re­gen­er­a­tion.

Part of the Glas­gow City Re­gion City Deal, it rep­re­sents the biggest sin­gle roads and in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment in North La­nark­shire’s his­tory, with con­struc­tion work due to be­gin next year.

These plans are al­ready at­tract­ing in­vest­ment from busi­nesses, with a new ho­tel op­er­ated by Marston’s Inn and Tav­erns open­ing on site this month.

Raven’s Cliff Lodge is a 40-bed­room ho­tel and is an ex­ten­sion of the Raven’s Cliff pub and restau­rant.

Nick Davies, di­rec­tor of Raven­scraig Ltd, said: “The fu­ture of Raven­scraig is bright, and the new mas­ter­plan be­ing sub­mit­ted to the coun­cil is just the lat­est in a se­ries of pos­i­tive steps. We are now a step closer to de­liv­er­ing a num­ber of sub­stan­tial projects which will not only ben­e­fit lo­cal res­i­dents, but the wider city re­gion.

“We are de­ter­mined to at­tract fur­ther in­vest­ment into Raven­scraig and the am­bi­tious roads pro­gramme will play a sig­nif­i­cant role in this.

“We look for­ward to working with North La­nark­shire Coun­cil closely over the com­ing years to de­liver on the prom­ise of Raven­scraig.”

The plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion out­lines pro­pos­als for high­qual­ity hous­ing, two pri­mary schools, a park and a range of other com­mu­nity and com­mer­cial fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing re­tail and in­dus­trial.

A se­ries of com­mu­nity dropin ex­hi­bi­tions were held by Raven­scraig Ltd in Novem­ber, where mem­bers of the pub­lic were able to view and com­ment on the plans. This fol­lowed pre­vi­ous con­sul­ta­tions hosted by North La­nark­shire Coun­cil in 2016, with com­mu­nity feed­back help­ing to shape the mas­ter­plan.

Des Mur­ray, as­sis­tant chief ex­ec­u­tive for hous­ing and en­ter­prise at North La­nark­shire Coun­cil, said: “The coun­cil has always recog­nised the need to re­de­velop the site as part of our wider am­bi­tion for lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and the area as a whole. Raven­scraig is not just a sym­bolic site for North La­nark­shire, it’s also of sig­nif­i­cant strate­gic im­por­tance. That’s why we have com­mit­ted to the ground­break­ing £190mil­lion pan-la­nark­shire Or­bital roads in­vest­ment which will make de­vel­op­ment at Raven­scraig eas­ier.

“We sup­port any pos­i­tive moves to cre­ate new homes, busi­nesses and fa­cil­i­ties. Many parts of the ex­ist­ing plan­ning per­mis­sion are in­cluded in the new ap­pli­ca­tion, and the new mas­ter­plan will be fully con­sid­ered by all mem­bers of the coun­cil.”

The new Raven’s Cliff Lodge, which opened this month, is a two-storey ho­tel of­fer­ing high-qual­ity, mid-mar­ket ac­com­mo­da­tion to busi­ness and leisure trav­ellers.

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