Clydesdale Village still on track - developer

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THE developer aiming to transform the former Clydesdale steelworks site says plans for hundreds of new homes remain on track despite long delays.

A detailed planning application for 469 homes has been with North Lanarkshire Council for three years, but Banks Property Development is hopeful the go-ahead will finally be given during the summer.

The firm is also confident that, with the housing market picking up, building work will start soon, creating 400 construction jobs.

Outline planning permission for the 60-acre Mossend site was granted as far back as 2007, but progress halted following the demise of a housebuilding firm working with Banks.

Talks with council planners have not gone smoothly. For example, two years ago there was a difference of opinion over the preferred type of drainage system and Banks had to commission a study.

Banks managing director Colin Anderson said: “It has taken us a lot longer than we hoped to secure agreement for the plans, due principally to the need to carefully design a landscaped hill around the existing Vallourec Mannesman steel factory, but hopefully we’ll finally achieve a positive outcome with the council in August.

“With the gradual upturn in the economy I expect positive progress. We are in positive discussions with a number of major builders who have expressed interest in getting involved.”

Council business manager Les Stevenson said: “Various design and technical aspects need to be resolved. Discussions are continuing and revised proposals are being assessed.”