Fury at block on hous­ing

Wishaw Press - - CHARITY NIGHT -

Coun­cil plan­ners have been blasted af­ter a bid to build al­most 130 homes in Cle­land was booted out.

The pro­pos­als for the 4.9-hectare site to the west of Wishaw Low Road were re­jected by NLC’S plan­ning sub-com­mit­tee.

Cle­land coun­cil­lor Cameron Mcmanus voted for the plans and blasted the de­ci­sion taken.

He said: “It’s pretty dev­as­tat­ing news. We need more houses to be built in Cle­land.

“Over 1200 peo­ple are on the list wait­ing for a coun­cil house in the vil­lage and I’m sure some of them would have been in the po­si­tion to get a mort­gage if these homes had been built.

“There are no plans to build any coun­cil houses in Cle­land so we need pri­vate de­vel­op­ers to build af­ford­able hous­ing.

“If we can’t get houses built then we will strug­gle to im­prove the in­fra­struc­ture here.”

Coun­cil­lor Mcmanus also hit out at coun­cil­lors out­with the Mur­dos­toun ward who opted to re­ject the plans.

The SNP coun­cil­lor had been in favour of the pro­pos­als along­side Labour’s Louise Roarty.

Dozens of res­i­dents also wrote to the coun­cil giv­ing their back­ing to the plans.

“Louise and I have been work­ing to­gether on this for a while,” said Coun­cil­lor Mcmanus.

“Any­one I have spo­ken to be­lieves this de­vel­op­ment would have been good for Cle­land.

“Our coun­cil­lors and the views of lo­cal res­i­dents have not been lis­tened to.”

Coun­cil­lor Roarty added: “There is a de­mand for af­ford­able hous­ing in Cle­land and the coun­cil wait­ing list is huge.

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