Coughing up for kids’ schooling
Builders behind the controversial Gilbertfield planning development will pay £1.1million to accommodate children from its development in already crowded schools.
South Lanarkshire Council has confirmed Persimmon Homes must pay £1.1 million before it will release official planning consent for its 386 homes north of Gilbertfield Road.
The cash is needed to counter the crisis at Cathkin High School, which is already at full capacity, and support other catchment area schools where pupil numbers are rocketing: Trinity High, Cairns Primary and St Cadoc’s Primary.
The local authority told the Reformer the developer would have to hand over land and cash for affordable homes, pay for play equipment and upgrades to Gilbertfield Road. It will also contribute to an improved cycle and walking network, public transport and an improved park and ride facility at Cambuslang railway station, if planning permits.
The council would not say how much all this extra cash would amount to. The extent of Persimmon’s contribution will be made clear when it signs a Section 75 agreement with South Lanarkshire Council. The total cost of its development totals £45million. are under pressure to deliver. The problem is the money they are putting into roads and that it is to deal with the effects of this development, but I don’t think it will. It won’t resolve problems with facilities.”
Pauline Elliott, head of planning and economic development ,said:“Throughout this process, protracted and detailed discussions have taken place between the council and the developer to agree financial contributions towards education, affordable housing and community gain.
“These discussions are advanced and will be finalised and agreed by the signing of a Section 75 legal agreement. Planning consent is not released until this process is complete. During consideration of the application at committee, it was confirmed a figure of approximately £1.1m towards educational provision is being sought from this development over the period of construction. The detail of where and how this will be spent will be formalised on the completion of the legal agreement.
“Additional amounts towards the improvement/upgrading of community facilities, roads and public transport infrastructure, and on site/off site affordable housing are also being negotiated.”
It’s business Campaigner Stephen Towill
Steven Towill, who led the fight against the Gilbertfield project, said whilst Cambuslang needs more facilities, the council’s list of demands do not compensate for the added strain 386 homes will have on local services. He said:“This is a business transaction no matter how you look at it.
“The council will be looking for as much money as possible to deliver the things they