New social housing developments have been completed in Coatbridge and Wishaw as the North Lanarkshire building project continues to deliver 5,000 rental homes by 2035.
Hundreds more are currently under construction, including on cleared sites of demolished towers in Airdrie, as the initiative nears the landmark of its newly built 1,000th home.
The construction projects have also resulted in community benefits ranging from job creation to donations to local schools and good causes.
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A total of 58 new homes have been built on the former primary site of St James at Lismore Drive in Coatbridge.
The new street will be known as Graham Place; and in addition to creating three jobs and two work experience opportunities for schoolchildren, also supported good local causes.
Kirkshaws Community Center received more than £100 from the site’s Christmas appeal, while neighboring Barn Boxing Club received funding to upgrade their showers and roller shutters, while a donated tablet computer was raffled off raffle to support Firpark Secondary in Motherwell.
Building work is complete on 55 homes at Dimsdale Road and Wilson Crescent in Wishaw; while a further 16 are in place at Dryburgh Road, Dryburgh Gardens and Kitchener Street, forming the overall Roberts Street site.
Both projects resulted in the creation of 10 jobs and allowed high school students across the city to receive career talks and presentations from industry professionals.
Pupils from two local schools have also been given a budget of £1,100 each to spend on projects of their choice, with Thornlie Primary choosing a climbing frame and playset for their pitch and St Thomas opting for toys, a playground games and sports equipment.
Wishaw projects also saw donations made to NHS Lanarkshire’s festive toy appeal and other local projects, while scrap metal went to Paws for Autism to build kennels and food storage areas, and three brick pallets are used by restorative justice at North Lanarkshire Council. team.
With eight more homes being built on Caledonian Avenue in Bellshill, this brings the total number of new homes completed in North Lanarkshire to 934.
A further 287 are under construction, with half at the cleared site of the Holehills towers in Airdrie, and others being built in the town center building in Orr, Plains and Waterloo.
Pamela Humphries, Head of Planning and Regeneration, said: “The construction industry is still recovering from the pandemic and we are working hard to overcome the challenges of rising prices and demand for materials.
“We are committed to keeping our projects on track and getting value for money as we continue to roll out our new housing scheme, which is essential to North Lanarkshire’s regeneration plans.
“In addition to providing modern, affordable and energy-efficient homes for our tenants, our new homes also help regenerate our downtowns and communities and boost the local economy.”
North Lanarkshire has also purchased a further 75 homes under the existing open market purchase scheme, which ‘sees derelict and empty properties repaired and used to house local people’ and brings the total to more than 500.
Planning permission is also in place for 96 new homes at Gowkthrapple in Wishaw as well as two developments in Coatbridge and Glenmavis.
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