Cough­ing up for kids’ school­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

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

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