Plans for for­mer Blair­beth Golf Club site

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Around 140 houses could be built on the site of the old Blair­beth Golf Club it has been re­vealed, as South La­nark­shire Coun­cil sets out its plans for the next lo­cal de­vel­op­ment plan.

The lo­cal au­thor­ity pro­posed a se­ries of changes to land in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang – in­clud­ing greater en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion for Holmhills Park –in its lat­est Main Is­sues Re­port.

Cur­rently out for con­sul­ta­tion, the re­port in­cludes pro­pos­als to cre­ate a new coun­try park across 20 hectares of Blair­beth Golf Course, whilst re­tain­ing a fur­ther seven hectares for new hous­ing.

Fern­hill man Davy O’Neil has long cam­paigned for more leisure space in the area.

He hopes money made from the sale of land for the houses is in­vested in mak­ing the park a first-class fa­cil­ity.

He said:“Wouldn’t it be won­der­ful to have a small five-a-side park, a pitch and putt to re­flect the golf­ing his­tory and a wee putting green for the kids?

“They don’t have that kind of thing any­where. It would be great to have that and a cou­ple of de­cent swings.

“If there are to be more houses up there, there will be even more need for it.”Blair­beth is one of three ar­eas the coun­cil has iden­ti­fied as suit­able for hous­ing.

It has sug­gested a fur­ther 80 houses be built in Hall­side East, on either side of Hall­side Road near to Manse Brae, whilst also ar­gu­ing that Bou­verie Street in Ruther­glen be des­ig­nated as ur­ban gen­eral, paving the way for af­ford­able hous­ing.

The Main Is­sues Re­port also in­cludes de­vel­op­ments al­ready agreed or par­tially pro­posed by South La­nark­shire Coun­cil.

This in­cludes the re­gen­er­a­tion of East Whit­law­burn and the re­de­vel­op­ment of the Bridge Street and Somervell Street area of Cam­bus­lang.

Whilst Keep­moat and Dawn Homes have al­ready won plan­ning per­mis­sion to build homes on the for­mer Hoover site, the coun­cil is propos­ing the wider area is des­ig­nated a de­vel­op­ment frame­work site and a mas­ter­plan cre­ated to plan for the fu­ture.

This would look at how the sur­round­ing land could be used and in­te­grated with ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture.

This pro­posal in­cludes the much talked about park and ride for Cam­bus­lang train sta­tion.

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