Plans for huge retail and residential development in Hamilton have been submitted to the council

A planning application has been made to convert the former University of West of Scotland campus in Hamilton into an urban village.

Planning permission in principle for the huge residential and retail development was granted by the council in February 2018 with plans to have the village built within the next 15 to 20 years.

A new application has been made for the approval of specific matters for the development, including a change to increase the number of affordable homes in the development from 25 per cent to 46.5 per cent.

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The proposal will see the former campus being converted to allow for 355 residential units, a 70 bed care home, a 60 to 80 bed hotel, space for 5000 square meters for office space and 400 square meters for retail and cafe spaces.

The residential aspect of the development will consist of flats and houses with 14 per cent of the units being for Clyde Valley Housing Association, 31.1 per cent of the units being for South Lanarkshire Council (SLC), 46.5 per cent being private units and 8.4 per cent cent of the homes for private retirement units.

A total of 94 per cent of the homes will be flats with 6 per cent being houses.

There will be a range of one, two and three bedroom flats which will be private, and there will be 24 housing association flats with two bedrooms and a range of one and two bed council flats as well as 17 two, three and four bedroom council houses.

The houses on the site will be for SLC.

There will be three points of access for cars to the homes from Arthur Street, Barrack Street and Beckford Street.

The village will provide a highly accessible environment for residents and members of the public, there will be 19 accessible parking bays and dedicated accessible space for each flat which has been designed for wheelchair use.

A landscaped plaza with greenspace areas and a pedestrian and cycle route has been proposed with seating areas with arms and backrests as well as individual seats to allow for wheelchair users to sit with others.

A range of trees and hedges will be plated throughout the village to provide green space and will contrast the built up urban area.

The current site has 201 parking spaces, but the application proposed to increase this to 303 to accommodate the new residents and visitors to the village.

The new application was received by SLC on March 25 and was validated on April 8.

Neighborhood consultation began on April 13 and will end on May 4 with standard consultation beginning on April 12 and expiring on April 26.

The deadline for determining the application is August 7.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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