WORK has been temporarily halted on the construction of new homes in Carluke on the site of the old Mayfield Brickworks.
Persimmon Homes successfully applied to South Lanarkshire Council for planning permission for 117 new homes earlier this year.
Work on the site, now known as Mayfield Manor, began shortly afterwards.
However, that work unexpectedly came to a grinding halt earlier this month when nearby Wilton Road residents noticed that the site had been cleared.
One resident, who asked not to be named, was surprised at the sudden speed of the site closure.
He said: “It seems that the site was almost evacuated overnight. It seemed very strange to me because it was so quick.
“All the heavy machinery was taken away and the only thing that has been left is two containers.
“All the other containers have been moved and there have been no workmen on the site since.”
The developer submitted plans for the site in February with the green light being given by councillors at the SLC Planning Committee meeting in June. The 117 new homes earmarked for the site are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015.
Persimmon Homes West Scotland’s managing director, Doug Law, attempted to calm any fears.
He said: “I can confirm that we have temporarily stopped work on our Mayfield Manor site while we wait for road construction consent and building warrant.
“We will re-commence work on-site as soon as possible.”
The housing development brought to an end the long history of brickmaking in Carluke and wiped away any faint hopes that locals may have had that a new brickworks would be resurrected when the economic picture looked a tad rosier.
The brickworks, which closed its doors for the last time in October 2011, was quickly dismantled in 2012 following safety concerns.