Permission for new housing development to transform neglected site

The 3.1-hectare site which housed the former Bellshill Athletic Club has been neglected and is in poor condition.

North Lanarkshire councillors grant planning permission for 74 new homes in Bellshill iStock

Councillors have granted planning permission for 74 new homes in Bellshill.

Dawn Homes applied for approval to proceed with construction of its housing development on land at the former Bellshill Athletic Club.

The 3.1-hectare site has been neglected and is in poor condition.

The proposed development is a mixture of terraced, semi-detached and detached dwellings, all two storeys in height, and the plans also include infrastructure such as access routes.

North Lanarkshire Council’s planning officers assessed the proposals and decided they were an “acceptable departure” from local policies which would not negatively affect the character and amenity of the surrounding area so recommended granting the application subject to a legal agreement on the provision of a sports pitch and off-site play equipment.

The public consultation attracted a total of 35 objections, three neutral letters and one expression of support.

Officers felt concerns raised in the objections were addressed through the imposition of a number of conditions attached to the planning permission.

The committee unanimously agreed to grant the application.