More than 300 new homes to be built in Hamilton
Developer Stewart Milne Homes are the first to be granted permission in what is proposed to be a 2000 homes plans near Brackenhill Farm
The location of the proposed development near Brackenhill Farm
The first houses to be built as part of a 2000 homes plan at a Hamilton site are scheduled to start later this year.
Developer Stewart Milne Homes have been granted permission to build 323 houses at the site near Brackenhill Farm on Meikle Earnock Road.
It is part of the Hamilton Community Growth Areas plan approved by South Lanarkshire Council in 2009 following a public inquiry.
Meikle Earnock Road will be upgraded as part of the proposed work and will include a ‘village green’ amenity area close by.
The original planning consent for the Development of Community Growth area granted in 2011 envisaged community facilities and a neighbourhood centre being built as part of the 2000 houses plan.
Ward councillor Jean McKeown welcomed the news this week.
“This shows that Hamilton is a place where people want to live,” said the Labour member for Hamilton West and Earnock.
“It is a thriving town with lots of attractions for people to come and stay here.
“This site was identified as an area for housing development and it is positive that there now appears to be demand for the builder to go ahead with the plan.
“One of my main hopes, however, is that there will be social housing included as part of the Community Growth Area – that is a high priority for me.”
South Lanarkshire Council’s head of planning and economic development, Pauline Elliott, said: “This application relates to the development of approximately 2000 dwellings and associated neighbourhood facilities on an area of land to the south west of Hamilton, known as the Hamilton Community Growth Area.
“This was approved by the council’s planning committee in 2011 subject to a legal agreement which related mainly to developers’ contributions towards the provision or upgrading of affordable housing and community, roads and education infrastructure.
“This has now been finalised and the application by Stewart Milne Homes approved by the council’s planning committee on April 26 is the first detailed development layout submitted.
“It is for 323 dwellings on a site extending from the land south of the existing homes off Stewart Avenue, across Meikle Earnock Road, to Cadzow Burn in the south.
“These plans will see Meikle Earnock Road retained and upgraded and it is anticipated that works will start on site later this year.”
The Advertiser asked Stewart Milne Homes to outline their plans for the site but as we went to press they had not replied. The new homes, however, are expected to be a mix of detached and terraced properties.