social housing at police site?

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The community of Kilsyth want social housing to be built on a site where a retail development was stopped from going ahead.

The developers behind the proposed retail development on the old police station in Parkfoot Street met last week with elected councillors and members of the town’s community council to discuss the future of the site.

They wanted to build a retail unit that would house a Tesco, Iceland and Greggs but their plans were rejected by both councillors at North Lanarkshire Council and the Scottish Government Reporter on appeal.

During the meeting, the suggestion that the site could be used for social housing only was put forward.

But Ged Hainey, who is one of the developers, said: “We had a helpful meeting with councillors and also representatives from the community council. Whilst it was clear that their preference was for a residential development, perhaps a mixed use scheme incorporating housing provided by a housing association and a modest element of retail may be welcomed. This approach could have benefits in terms of design.

“We will give these matters further consideration and once we have progressed our proposals, we would again like to consult with members and the community council.”