Councillors are being asked to approve plans for a housing development at a former garden nursery outside Newarthill.
Newarthill Nursery in Legbrannock Road was popular with green-fingered enthusiasts for many years, but North Lanarkshire Council heard last week the business became ‘unviable’ and closed in 2012.
And in May this year the site, which still has ‘an array of sheds and poly-tunnels’, was hit by a fire attack.
Janet Kerr, of Newarthill, has applied for planning permission for housing. Planners reckon up to eight homes could be built there.
At the council’s planning committee meeting councillors heard there had been one objection from a neighbouring resident who said a housing development ‘would not be in keeping with the rural nature’ of the area.
The objector questioned the need for more houses, given developments nearby, and said Legbrannock Road is in a poor condition and doesn’t need the increased traffic.
However, a planning officer said a ‘sensitive’ form of development could be accommodated and pointed out that roads officials had no objection.
The officer added: “The site is not green belt and it is considered the land can be released without detriment to the area. It has never been in use as a community facility and its loss, therefore, would bear little impact.”
Councillors will make a decision after a site visit.