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£100m plan for homes, railway station, shops and hotel£100m plan for homes, railway station, shops and hotel (© Evening Times)
North Glasgow is in line for a £100million-plus building project.
The massive scheme, earmarked for Robroyston, will be equivalent in size
to 400 football pitches and will be three times the size of the Glasgow Harbour
development. Stewart Milne Holdings has applied for planning permission in
principle for the ambitious scheme on former green belt land at Robroyston Road.
The 400-acre site could include up to 1600 houses, a rail station with Park and Ride,
up to 3100sq m of shops, healthcare and community facilities, a hotel, primary
school and indoor and outdoor sports facilities. The move has been welcomed by
local councillor Gerald Leonard and members of the area’s community council.
The new development will be on land to the south and east of Stewart Milne
Homes’ current Campsie Meadows scheme. The company says it expects to get
planning permission in principle next year with work likely to start in 2013.
Gavin Loudon, area director for Stewart Milne’s West of Scotland strategic division,
said: “This site alone will deliver 1600 new homes towards Scotland’s growing
housing shortage and will make a significant contribution to the successful future
of the city. The route to approval has been very lengthy, spanning over 10 years
to date and it still has a long way to go but we are within sight of the finishing line.”
Mr Leonard said he was fully behind the plans for Robroyston. insisting it would
be good for the area. He added: “Robroyston is becoming a town in its own right
and we need facilities in the area. Local people have been screaming out for
facilities like a dentist, GP, sports centre and better bus and train services into
the city. The station and Park and Ride planned as part of the development, will
ease congestion on the roads into the city. This development will also bring high
earners back into the city, result in an increase in the population of Glasgow
and mean an increase in the amount of council tax paid to the city council.”
Catherine Lang, chief executive of Glasgow North Regeneration Agency, said:
“This sounds like a really ambitious project for Robroyston and we look forward
to following its progress.”
Stewart Milne has held several meetings with local people to explain their plans.
Mr Leonard added: “Robroyston community council is in favour of it and nobody
has raised any objections.”