Homes plan boost for outdoor lovers

Sheena and Dennis Walker with architect Steven Byrne from Collecive Architecture
Sheena and Dennis Walker with architect Steven Byrne from Collecive Architecture

A planned major housing development on the banks of the River Clyde could be good news for walkers and cyclists in Bothwell.

For the proposals could include a footbridge over the river, linking the new housing area and the Clyde Walkway with Bothwell Nature Trail.

Plans by Craighead Properties went on public display at Bothwell Library last week.

The proposed housing site lies between the Clyde and the A725 East Kilbride Expressway. The area once included the Roman Catholic Church’s Craighead Retreat House.

In recent years there have been various plans put forward for the site, including one for a football academy, but none have progressed.

The latest proposals include re-routing the Clyde Walkway along the riverbank beside the housing estate and that has been welcomed by Brighter Bothwell.

Local authorities have created a long distance path following the river from Glasgow to Lanark, but because of ownership issues walkers have had to leave the riverbank in the Craighead area to join the footpath at the Expressway before re-joining the route at Bothwell Bridge.

Brighter Bothwell chairman Dennis Walker is also impressed by a proposal to build a footbridge using the disused railway viaduct piers between Bothwell and Craighead.

He explained: “It would link the development to Bothwell village via the Nature Trail and provide an opportunity for children to cycle to both primary schools in Bothwell.

“I hope the proposals succeed in convincing potential developers of the merits of linking up good cycling and walking routes.”

It’s expected a formal planning application will go to South Lanarkshire Council in the near future.