Barratt back with new plan

The Hamilton Road site
The Hamilton Road site
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Barratt Homes West Scotland has declared its intention to create a housing development on the former bus garage site in Hamilton Road, Motherwell.

The firm hoped to sell the land to Sainsbury’s to build a 90,000 sq ft supermarket, but this was refused planning permission by both North Lanarkshire Council and the Scottish Government.

During the planning hearing for the application Barratt said they had no intention to use the site due to the high cost of decontamination, but now appear to have had a change of heart.

The proposed development will be named Strathearn Gardens and contain 120 two-storey two, three and four bedroom semi-detached and detached houses.

There is also mention of an element of commercial/leisure property, but what this entails is unclear at the present time.

It is expected further information will be made available when a public consultation event takes place on Tuesday, October 22, from noon-8pm in The Moorings Hotel.

A spokesperson for Barratt West Scotland says: “Barratt has submitted a planning application notice for a residential scheme following the decision by the Scottish Government to refuse the previous application for a supermarket.

“There will be a public consultation event late October where the public will have the opportunity to engage with the proposals.”

Motherwell West councillor Michael Ross is one who wishes more detail.

He said: “The application doesn’t seem to take into consideration that part of the site will be lost for the dualling of Airbles Road, nor is there any indication of where the entrance will be.

“At this stage Barratt still have lots of questions to answer.”

Ladywell Community Council were one of the fiercest opponents of the Sainsbury’s plan, but chairman Alan Wylie says he is fed up people thinking they don’t want the site to be redeveloped.

He said: “There is no question, of course we want to see the site brought back into use, we just didn’t think the supermarket was suitable and it appears both North Lanarkshire Council and the Scottish Government agreed with us.

“At this stage it is difficult to get a clear idea of Barratt’s plans but I’m sure the situation will become clearer at the public consultation event next month.”

Barratt had an earlier application for flats of the site turned down, which the community council also objected to.

Mr Wylie said: “The flats would just have been too intense for the site, but at least in theory 120 houses would appear to be rather more suitable.

“I reiterate we do want the site to be redeveloped, but it has to be the right proposal.”