House builders expect work to begin shortly
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