Newmains homes get the go-ahead
Plans to build new homes on the site of a derelict pub in Newmains have been given the green light.
The proposals to develop 10 new flats on the site of the former Rowantree in Bonkle Road have been given the go-ahead by council planners.
The derelict site will now be transformed into eight two-bedroom flats and two one-bedroom homes.
The plans, submitted by Wishaw developer James Hayes, will see the flats designed in two blocks.
There will 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 the derelict pub into three commercial 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.”
No members of the public objected to the plans put forward by Mr Hayes.
When the plans were first submitted late last year, 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.”
Big plans The current state of Bonkle Road, Newmains