New council houses open in Blackwood

North Lanarkshire provost Jean Jones officially opens the new development in Cardowan Drive, joined by tenants, elected members and officers from North Lanarkshire Council and developer Lovell Partnership Ltd.
North Lanarkshire provost Jean Jones officially opens the new development in Cardowan Drive, joined by tenants, elected members and officers from North Lanarkshire Council and developer Lovell Partnership Ltd.

North Lanarkshire Council has opened its latest housing development at Cardowan Drive in Blackwood.

The 32 properties include a mix of two-four bedroom semi-detached homes and one-two bedroom cottage flats.

Hector and Brenda Smith have moved into one of the semi-detached properties.

He said: “We’re absolutely delighted with our new home, we moved here from a four-in-a-block with a communal entry and having our own front and back door is fantastic. I love DIY and have been busy making our new house a home.

“Both Brenda and I really enjoy pottering about in our garden. Our grandchildren love playing here too.

“It was more difficult while we were living in our flat but having this outdoor space has made all the difference.”

North Lanarkshire provost Jean Jones unveiled a plaque to mark the completion of the development.

She said: “I’m delighted to have been involved in the official opening of these new homes and it’s lovely to hear of the positive experiences of the tenants living here.

“It’s a privilege being welcomed by Mr Smith into his new home and its pleasing to see the high-quality design and finish of these new, modern homes.

“North Lanarkshire Council is proud of the difference it’s making in providing more affordable homes across all of its communities and I wish all of our tenants living here a very happy future in their new homes.”

This is the 19th housing development delivered by the council as part of its NL Homes programme, and it has now announced current commitments will be doubled to see 5000 homes put into the housing stock by 2035.

Meanwhile, a planning hearing took place this month for two joint developments proposed by Clyde Valley Housing Association and Wilson Developments.

Despite 88 objections permission was granted for ten two bedroom and eight one bedroom flats to be built on the site of the former Red Coymn pub in Kildrum.

A mixed residential development at the junction of Main Road and Airdrie Road in Condorrat was given the go ahead after a block of flats was removed cutting the number of units on site from 27 to 21.

However, at a separate planning meeting Cala Homes’ application to build 56 houses (reduced from 71) on the former 12th hole of Westerwood golf course was refused.

Council officials stated it was contrary to relevant provisions of the Development Plan and policies of the North Lanarkshire Local Plan 2012 and Clydeplan SDP 2017 with nothing to justify a departure from policy.