Fury at block on housing
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.