Homes planned at for­mer school site

Coun­cil­lors to de­cide

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Andrew McNair

The site of the for­mer Highdykes Pri­mary School in Bon­hill is set to be sold off for £300,000.

Coun­cil­lors will be asked today (Wed­nes­day) to agree the sale of the land at Brae­head to AS Homes who plan to turn it into so­cial hous­ing.

A re­port, to be tabled at the meet­ing, states that sole bid­ders “plan to de­velop the site in con­junc­tion with a hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion part­ner for so­cial hous­ing”.

Cale­do­nia Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion hope to cre­ate 25 units there as part of a wider plan for lo­cal hous­ing.

It is sug­gested that the work on the site could start in 2019/2020.

The re­port for today’s in­fra­struc­ture, re­gen­er­a­tion and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee meet­ing adds that by agree­ing to the sale “the coun­cil will as­sist in im­prov­ing the lo­cal eco­nomic growth and em­ploy­a­bil­ity of the area; im­prove lo­cal hous­ing and en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­able in­fra­struc­ture and im­prov­ing the well­be­ing of com­mu­ni­ties and pro­tect the wel­fare of vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple”.

Highdykes closed in June 2015, when it merged with Lady­ton Pri­mary and re­lo­cated into the for­mer St Ro­nan’s Pri­mary School build­ing in Red­burn, Alexan­dria. It was re­named Len­nox Pri­mary.

The move was part of a £17mil­lion shake-up of schools in the area with Highdykes Pri­mary deemed “no longer fit for pur­pose” by then ed­u­ca­tion con­venor Michelle McGinty.

It had been open for 38 years. The old school was de­mol­ished in Jan­uary 2016 and the 4.41 acre site put up for sale last De­cem­ber.

Mean­while, Cube Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion has started build­ing 44 flats for so­cial rent on the site of the old Bon­hill Pri­mary. Board Mem­ber Jennifer Williamson said: “We are de­lighted to be bring­ing the site of the old Bon­hill Pri­mary back into good use.”

Gap site The empty Highdykes Pri­mary School site in Bon­hill is set to be trans­formed into hous­ing

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