New homes likely on riverbank site

Developers building homes on the banks of the River Clyde in Bothwell would pay to upgrade nearby Wooddean Park.
Developers building homes on the banks of the River Clyde in Bothwell would pay to upgrade nearby Wooddean Park.

BUILDERS have asked councillors to release a prized site close to the River Clyde in Bothwell for a major new housing development.

It’s thought around 100 homes could be built on the fields close to David Livingstone Bridge.

A bid to allow housing at the Bothwellbank Farm site was rejected a number of years ago.

But now villagers are being asked for their views on a package which would also include social housing being built and cash being made available to upgrade nearby Wooddean Park.

The site has been highlighted in the South Lanarkshire Local Development Plan, with planners now proposing to release it for development provided some open space is retained.

They also want to see planting and footpaths installed to make the most of the area’s location above the Clyde.

Objectors have six weeks to put forward their views with the plan available to inspect at libraries and on the council website until June 28.

Bothwell Community Council and Brighter Bothwell will look carefuly at the proposal.

There would be concern that if homes are built the existing public right of way between Clyde Avenue and Blantyre Mill Road will remain.

The loss of green space for housing could be balanced by improved access for walkers.

The community council and Brighter Bothwell have been briefed on the proposal by South Lanarkshire’s three councillors for the area.

Councillors Maureen Devlin, Jim McGuigan and Anne Kegg are not allowed to comment publicly ahead of issues going to the planning committee, but all three are understood to have mixed feelings about the loss of the greenbelt site.