New homes plan is finally in pipeline for old gasworks site

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the go-ahead has finally been given for redevelopment of Uddingston’s former gasworks location which has been described as ‘one of Scotland’s most prominent sites’.

Around 150 houses and flats are likely to be built on the land in Bothwell Road which has lain empty for many years.

There could also be shops, a hotel or even a nursing home as part of the development.

The site has gone on the market after five years of negotiations between South Lanarkshire Council planners and agents for landowner National Grid.

Edinburgh-based DTZ is marketing it in three lots and said: “This is the much-anticipated sale of one of Scotland’s most prominent sites.”

Scottish Gas has offices on part of the land and there is also a Lidl supermarket.

Planning permission in principle has been granted for up to 90 houses behind the supermarket and 60 flats on part of the ground which fronts Bothwell Road.

There are no firm plans yet for the third parcel of land, also next to the main road.

John Brown, of DTZ, said: “The planning process started in 2006 and seems to have taken an inordinate length of time, but we wanted to regenerate the whole area.

“Before the site went on the market we were getting an inquiry about it every other day and since it’s gone up for sale there has been considerable interest.

“The Bothwell Castle Golf Club entrance opposite sets a high standard in terms of quality and ambience and it’s one of the most waited-for sites to be released.”

Mr Brown said talks with planners have resulted in agreement to include an element of affordable housing in any development. In addition, a contribution will be made by developers to the upgrade of facilities in the community.

He revealed that major retail names have expressed an interest, but said what is built will depend on the bids received.

Mr Brown added: “Plot three could see a care home, a hotel or fast food outlets although planners would require to comment on proposals.

“We haven’t put a price on the land, but there is a closing date of December 7 for bids and we hope to have everything settled by March next year.”

Uddingston councillor Jim McGuigan is glad the site is finally on the market.

He said: “The social housing element is particularly important as such homes are at a premium in Uddingston and Bothwell.”