350 new homes rubber-stamped
AS widely expected, the Scottish Government has 'rubber-stamped' a South Lanarkshire Council decision to allow the controversial building of 350 new homes on the former Winston Barracks site on the fringes of Lanark.
The final approval came despite strong local objections from local and national bodies including the Royal Burgh of Lanark Community Council and the Civic Trust.
Lack of basic facilities such as play areas and shops in what will be virtually a new village plus wildlife concerns were at the heart of objections plus fears that the residents of the new homes will put extra strain on Lanark's infrastructure such as roads and schools.
However, final approval has now been given by Edinburgh and the developers, AMD, are expected to start work on the site before the end of the year. A small number of the original 1930s barracks buildings, once the home of the famous Camerionians, will be preserved and converted to flats in the scheme.