House builders ex­pect work to be­gin shortly

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

The de­vel­oper be­hind the planned 100 houses on the dor­mant play­ing fields in Spit­tal says it is still com­mit­ted to the project.

Dawn Homes Ltd told the Re­former this week it was ad­dress­ing a num­ber of con­cerns in a bid to win plan­ning per­mis­sion from South La­nark­shire Coun­cil.

The busi­ness is seek­ing per­mis­sion to build a mix of two and three bed­room ter­raced and semi-de­tached houses on a derelict site be­tween Ki rkc o n n e l Drive and Croft­foot Train Sta­tion.

The an­nounce­ment comes al­most a year af­ter the hous­ing gi­ant sub­mit­ted its orig­i­nal plans to the lo­cal au­thor­ity.

Martin Egan, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Dawn Homes Ltd, said: “I can con­firm that Dawn Homes are fully com­mit­ted to the build­ing of new homes on this site.

“Un­for­tu­nately, ow­ing to plan­ning re­lated is­sues sur­round­ing some statu­tory con­sul­tees, there has been a de­lay. How­ever, I can con­firm that mat­ters have now been re­solved and a plan­ning con­sent is ex­pected to be is­sued over the next few months, which will al­low works to com­mence.

“As­sum­ing that all of the con­sents are is­sued within the next few months, Dawn Homes would fully ex­pect the first homes to be com­pleted in Spring 2017.”

Orig­i­nal plans for the de­vel­op­ment showed ac­cess to the site would come from Kirk­con­nel Drive, while al­most one third of the for­mer play­ing fields will be re­tained as green space.

The de­vel­op­ment will be built in phases and, de­pend­ing on sell­ing con­di­tions, is likely to be com­pleted by sum­mer 2020.

If the de­vel­op­ments gets the go-ahead, it could mean the end of a near-two decade wait for work of some sort to be­gin on the site.

The land, which has lain empty for al­most 15 years, has long been ear­marked for hous­ing.

Cam­paign­ers from the Croft­foot Play­ing Fields As­so­ci­a­tion fought to keep the area for recre­ational use, but in 2000, the landowner sold their part of the site to Lyn­net Leisure, who ini­tially planned a sports fa­cil­ity on it.

Two foot­ball clubs, King’s Park Rangers and Croft­foot, were kicked off the land, with the for­mer be­ing forced to dis­band.

In 2004, South La­nark­shire Coun­cil ap­proved out­line plans for 98 houses and sold their por­tion of the land, although Lyn­net Leisure failed to take up the op­tion.

Money from the sale of the land was used to up­grade play­ing fields at Burn­hill and Fern­hill along with the con­struc­tion of a syn­thetic seven-a-side pitch at Spit­tal Pri­mary.

Empty Th­ese fields in Croft­foot and Spit­tal, which were once filled with foot­ball play­ers, have been empty for 15 years

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