New flats approved for Carluke site

Demolition of Loch Park Stadium in 2011 to make way for Tesco store
Demolition of Loch Park Stadium in 2011 to make way for Tesco store
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Five blocks of flats are to be built beside the site of the former Loch Park Stadium, despite objects from neighbours that the land is being used as a play area for children.

Rosewood Homes have been granted planning permission for 25 flats at Shieldhill Road in Carluke.

The site, owned by South Lanarkshire Council, was formerly used as car parking when Loch Park Stadium was there, before the new Tesco was built.

Now five blocks, two or three storeys high and each containing five flats will be built facing on to Shieldhill Road.

The plan includes 38 car parking spaces.

Objections were received from residents, worried about the scale of the flats, the impact of additional cars on road safety, and the loss of a grassed area used by neighbours daily and used as a play area by the recently developed Shieldhill Court.

They argued that use of the ground was “ill-considered” because of that.

But councillors on South Lanarkshire’s planning committee were told that the site had been earmarked for retail or commercial use in 2009, and play equipment had been removed when Loch Park Stadium was demolished.

However, Tesco had not used the full extent of the site. Now it was surplus to requirements and had been marketed for other uses.