Homes planned at former school site
Councillors to decide
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