Dis­ap­point­ment over af­ford­able homes cash

All money will not stay in Cam­bus­lang East ward

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.