Dance hall decision is delayed

The former cafe in Ross Crescent
The former cafe in Ross Crescent

Councillors have delayed a decision on whether an empty building in a Motherwell housing estate can be turned into a base for dance classes.

Residents are worried the enterprise would bring more traffic to the Greenacres area.

An application to convert the empty former shop and cafe in Ross Crescent went before North Lanarkshire Council’s planning committee last week.

Planning officials recommended it should be rejected, but councillors agreed to visit the area before making a decision.

The building has been lying empty for two years and the man behind the plan says the area would benefit from it being brought back into use. He says as well as the dance classes it could be used for councillors’ surgeries, neighbourhood watch meetings and other community activities.

However, Ladywell Community Council and nine local residents lodged formal objections.

One resident said: “It would increase dramatically the traffic going to and from the housing estate which has lots of young children playing in the streets. This could be a hazard to them.”

Another objector said a suggestion the premises could be used by third parties has caused ‘considerable concern’.

A report to the committee stated: “The surrounding area is predominantly residential and, while this property is an established commercial unit, the previous uses provided a local service to residents. The use proposed is likely to attract a higher volume of customers from the wider area, increasing the number of vehicles visiting.

“It would be incompatible with the surrounding residential area and increase disturbance.”