Anger over new homes plan for Bellshill stadium

A DEVELOPER is to seek planning permission to build houses on the site of junior football side Bellshill Athletic’s former New Brandon Park home.

Persimmon Homes is to lodge a formal planning application with North Lanarkshire Council to build 79 houses on the site of the stadium, built by former club owner Stephen McGhee.

But the move is sure to spark anger among supporters of the club who were left without a permanent ground when the stadium was shut down two years ago.

When he took over Athletic Mr McGhee revealed ambitious plans for the club which included the development of New Brandon Park as a base and investment in the playing staff which did result in the club lifting a number of trophies.

The stadium was originally built to replace the club’s Brandon Park after it was also sold off and housing built on the land.

It was also planned to make the stadium available for general community use..

But since the stadium closed two years ago - after power was cut off following a dispute over an alleged unpaid bill - the club has been without a ground and has been using the Sir Matt Busby Complex for home matches.

For full story see March 24 edition of the Bellshill Speaker