Work could start next year on Hoover site

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Kenny Smith

One of the de­vel­op­ers of the for­mer Hoover site hopes that work, which could cre­ate over 1000 jobs, will fi­nally be­gin next year.

The Re­former re­vealed in Oc­to­ber 2011 that For­rest De­vel­op­ments Ltd and the Dawn Group had drawn up the £65 mil­lion plans for a Sains­bury’s su­per­mar­ket, new re­tails units, 208 new homes, and a park and ride fa­cil­ity for Cam­bus­lang train sta­tion, which was later granted out­line per­mis­sion.

It is hoped that the su­per­mar­ket alone could cre­ate around 300 jobs, and the con­struc­tion of it could pro­vide a fur­ther 380 jobs.

The de­vel­op­ers hoped that the scheme could cre­ate up to 1050 jobs in to­tal, be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter the con­struc­tion phase.

Out­line plan­ning per­mis­sion was granted for the plans in March the fol­low­ing year, but be­fore work can be­gin, a de­tailed plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion has to be granted by South La­nark­shire Coun­cil.

Rus­sell Ste­wart, from Dawn De­vel­op­ments, is be­hind the res­i­den­tial as­pect of the pro­posal.

He said: “We are still work­ing to­wards a sat­is­fac­tory start with re­gards to the site, which is get­ting ever closer.

“We now have the out­line plan­ning con­sent in place, and we’re now work­ing on de­tailed plan­ning per­mis­sion for the house starts, and hope­fully, with a fair wind and the other de­vel­op­ments, it will be soon. It’s not likely to be this year, but more likely go­ing to be in 2015.”

Mr Ste­wart con­firmed that the ap­pli­ca­tion for hous­ing would be in tan­dem with the re­tail devel­op­ment.

Keith Vallance, of the For­rest Group, who re­spon­si­ble for the re­tail el­e­ment of the plans, was un­avail­able for com­ment.

MP Tom Greatrex said: “The like­li­hood of devel­op­ment of the for­mer Hoover site is some­thing which many res­i­dents of Cam­bus­lang have con­tacted me about in the last cou­ple of years.

“While any ap­pli­ca­tion would be rightly sub­jected to the con­sid­er­a­tion of the plan­ning com­mit­tee and rep­re­sen­ta­tions from the public, see­ing a part of Cam­bus­lang which has, for a long time, lain fal­low, it’s some­thing that could bring a real economic ben­e­fit in terms of con­struc­tion jobs and also in the future.

“Like many oth­ers in Cam­bus­lang, the un­cer­tainty of the devel­op­ment is some­thing I would like clar­i­fied as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Cleared Noth­ing re­mains of the for­mer Hoover site in Cam­bus­lang

Vi­sion of the future Keith Vallance from For­rest De­vel­op­ments shows two res­i­dents the plans for the Hoover site in Cam­bus­lang in 2011

Plans How the su­per­mar­ket site could look

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