Overgrown sites sold off by council to be transformed into housing

Around 35 homes are expected to be developed on the site in West Dunbartonshire.

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Housing: Around 35 homes are expected to be developed in total on the site.

Two disused and overgrown sites in Alexandria are to be sold by West Dunbartonshire Council to a housing company for £700,000.

The abandoned plots of land at Charleston Way and Wilson Street, which are covered in vegetation, will be transformed into a residential area by Bingham Homes and Co. Ltd, provided planning permission is approved.

Around 35 homes are expected to be developed on the site, which is underused and has attracted anti-social behaviour including fly-tipping in the past. 

An update was brought before the infrastructure, regeneration and economic development committee this week.

It is anticipated that the development will provide new affordable homes within the community. 

During the meeting, Labour councillor Martin Rooney said: “I am really pleased to see this report here. This is an area of land that we have been talking about developing for a number of years.

“It links up the centre of Alexandria with Alexandria and Argyll Park. We have seen the care home and other houses being developed in Charleston Way so it makes sense to develop along the site.

“I think it works particularly well linking up that stretch of land along the railway land. I would be interested to know what size the houses will be as it looks like decent plots of land for the houses.”

A planning application will now be drafted and submitted to the local authority in due course.

By local democracy reporter Catherine Hunter