Disappointment over affordable homes cash
All money will not stay in Cambuslang East ward
The £860,000 contribution for affordable homes, attached to the controversial Gilbertfield housing development, may not be spent in the Cambuslang East ward.
South Lanarkshire Council this week confirmed the money - half of Persimmon Homes’ overall contribution to affordable housing in the area - would likely be spent across all of Rutherglen and Cambuslang.
The local authority formally granted planning permission for the 386-house development last month after Persimmon agreed to pay £2.34million in community contributions.
Halfway Community Council, which was vehemently opposed to the development, said any cash derived from the build should be spent in the immediate area.
But a spokesman for South Lanarkshire Council told the Reformer the affordable housing contribution detailed in the legal agreement meant Rutherglen and Cambuslang, not solely the Cambuslang East ward.
He said: “Given the scale of the site, the council requested the affordable housing contribution to be provided in part on site and in part in the form of a commuted sum to support the cost of affordable housing delivery within the housing market area.
“Approximately 12.5 per cent will be on site, providing up to 54 new affordable homes for rent in the area, with the balance of 12.5 per cent being provided in the form of a commuted sum. This is compliant with the council policy to achieve a 25 per cent affordable housing contribution overall.”
The on site contribution to housing will see Persimmon install services such as gas and electricity before handing the land over to the council for it to build the affordable homes.
Liisa Hepworth of Halfway Community Council said: “We strongly welcome social housing, but the suggestion by South Lanarkshire Council that the section 75 money will potentially be spent outside the Cambuslang East Ward, which is now in dire need of investment, is really disappointing.
“The council continue to ignore the need for investment in this ward and take section 75 money outwith the ward again.
“The standard of social housing around areas within Halfway desperately needs addressed and upgraded and there is pre-existing land already designated for housing such as Auld Kirk Road, Cairns that is a prime site for re-investment in social housing.”
South Lanarkshire Council is still reviewing a participation request by Halfway Community Council which asks that they have an active role in deciding how the community gain cash from the Gilbertfield development is spent.
Persimmon Homes will pay a total of £2.34million over the course of the build £1.28million towards education, £190,000 towards community resources and £15,000 towards a feasibility study for a park and ride at Cambuslang Train Station.
Disappointing Liisa Hepworth at Halfway Community Council reckons the money should be spent in the Cambuslang East ward