Bon­kle Road plan goes be­fore coun­cil

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Ross Thom­son

Plans to build new homes on the site of a derelict pub in New­mains have been sub­mit­ted to the coun­cil.

The pro­pos­als to build 10 new flats on the site of the for­mer Rowantree pub in Bon­kle Road have been sent to the coun­cil’s plan­ning de­part­ment.

If given plan­ning con­sent by the local author­ity, the plans would see eight new two bed­room flats and two one bed­room homes be­ing con­structed.

New­mains coun­cil­lor Robert McK­endrick gave his back­ing to the pro­pos­als.

He said: “Homes are needed in our area and the site needed to be cleaned up.

“The Rowantree lay empty for years be­fore it was even­tu­ally de­mol­ished.

“Younger peo­ple and fam­i­lies need homes in New­mains so I would wel­come the change.”

The plans, sub­mit­ted by Wishaw de­vel­oper James Hayes, will see the flats de­signed in two blocks.

There would also be a park­ing court, for 18 spa­ces, which would be used by flat res­i­dents and vis­i­tors.

In 2015, plans had been in place to turn t h e d e re l i c t p u b i nt o t h ree com­merc i a l units in­clud­ing one which would serve hot food.

How­ever, these plans were binned as they were de­cided to not be fi­nan­cially vi­able.

The de­vel­oper’s plan­ning state­ment, sent to the coun­cil, states: “The en­tire area around the site is res­i­den­tial.

“By re­mov­ing the public house/hot food out­let we will be re­mov­ing a ‘bad neigh­bour’ from the area which im­proves the amenity for all local res­i­dents and takes away an eye­sore along Bon­kle Road.

“The flats have been care­fully de­signed to en­sure that there are no over­look­ing is­sues with any of the ex­ist­ing houses.

“The lay­out is de­signed to en­ter off the road that runs par­al­lel with Bon­kle Road so the im­pact of ve­hi­cles en­ter­ing and leav­ing the site is min­imised as any cars will utilise an ex­ist­ing junc­tion with very good vis­i­bil­ity.”

Mem­bers of the public can sup­port or ob­ject to the plans by log­ging onto North La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s web­site.

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