Former school sites for council housing

Pamela Humphries (development manager), Elaine McHugh (head of housing solutions), council leader Jim Logue and housing convener Barry McCulloch promote the NL Homes signage
Pamela Humphries (development manager), Elaine McHugh (head of housing solutions), council leader Jim Logue and housing convener Barry McCulloch promote the NL Homes signage

North Lanarkshire Council has announced plans to build 61 new houses across three former primary school sites.

Robertson Construction Group will begin work on a £1.5 million project to build 16 new homes on the old Tannochside Primary site in Oakdene Avenue during the summer.

Plans to build 15 homes and 30 homes respectively on the sites of the former New Stevenston Primary and Calder Primary in Motherwell are both at the design development stage with work expected to start within 18 months.

Each site will contain a mix of cottage flats and family homes, and is part of the council’s current £172 million investment programme to build 1,150 new homes.

So far 356 homes have been built, with a further 25 due for completion on the site of the former Glencairn Tower in Motherwell this month.

In addition work is expected to start at ten other sites across North Lanarkshire over the next 12-18 months to build 221 homes, with a contribution being received from the Scottish Government towards the development costs at each.

Signs are now in place on the sites so residents know what’s planned.

Housing and Social Work convener Councillor Barry McCulloch said: “We consistently listen and act on the views of our tenants, and through consultation they have told us they would like us to provide more new council homes.

“We’re putting our tenants’ priorities at the heart of our service and NL Homes supports our vision to provide affordable, good quality homes within safe and sustainable communities for the people of North Lanarkshire.

“In addition, our investment also supports the building industry and provides local employment opportunities.

“Our new signage marks the next phase of our new build programme and I’m confident we can continue to deliver new homes that meet the needs of our communities.”