New social housing development completed in North Lanarkshire
New council housing has been completed in Coatbridge and Wishaw as the North Lanarkshire development continues to provide 5000 homes for rent through 2035.
Hundreds more are currently under construction, including at the vacated sites of demolished towers in Airdrie, as the initiative nears the landmark of their 1000th new home built.
The construction projects have also resulted in societal benefits ranging from job creation to donations to local schools and charities.
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A total of 58 new homes have been built on the former site of St James Primary on Lismore Drive in Coatbridge.
The new street is to be called Graham Place; and has supported local good causes in addition to creating three jobs and two internships for students.
The Kirkshaws community center received more than £100 from the site’s Christmas Springer appeal, while nearby Barn Boxing Club received funds to improve its showers and shutters, while a donated tablet computer was raffled off to support Firpark Secondary in Motherwell.
Construction of 55 houses on Dimsdale Road and Wilson Crescent in Wishaw has been completed; A further 16 are located at Dryburgh Road, Dryburgh Gardens and Kitchener Street, forming the overall Roberts Street site.
The two projects have resulted in the creation of 10 jobs and resulted in secondary school students in the city receiving job interviews and presentations from industry experts.
Pupils at two local schools were also given budgets of £1100 each to spend on projects of their choice, with Thornlie Primary choosing a jungle gym and playset for their site and St Thomas’s choosing toys, playground and sports equipment.
The Wishaw projects also envisaged donations to NHS Lanarkshire’s Festive Toy Call and other local projects, while scrap wood went to Paws for Autism to build dog kennels and food stores, and three pallets of bricks are being donated by North Lanarkshire Council’s Restorative Justice uses team.
With a further eight homes to be built on Caledonian Avenue in Bellshill, the total number of new homes completed in North Lanarkshire increases to 934.
A further 287 are under construction, half of which are on the site of the vacated Holehills tower blocks in Airdrie and others are underway at the Orr building in the city centre, Plains and Waterloo.
Pamela Humphries, Director of Planning and Refurbishment, said: “The construction industry is still recovering from the pandemic and we are working hard to meet the challenges of rising prices and a demand for materials.
“We are committed to keeping our projects on track and delivering value for money as we continue to roll out our new housing scheme which is vital to North Lanarkshire’s regeneration plans.
“Our new homes not only provide our tenants with modern, affordable and energy-efficient housing, but also help rejuvenate our city centers and communities and boost the local economy.”
North Lanarkshire has also bought a further 75 houses under the existing open market purchase scheme which sees “derelict and empty buildings being repaired and used to house local people” bringing the total to over 500.
Planning permission has also been received for 96 new homes at Gowkthrapple in Wishaw and two developments at Coatbridge and Glenmavis.
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