Ambitious plans unveiled for village

Potential site for new development in Moodiesburn
Potential site for new development in Moodiesburn

Plans have been lodged for a major development including 500 new homes, a supermarket and a petrol station in a North Lanarkshire village.

Iris Strategic Land Fund Limited want to build on land to the east and west of Avenuehead Road, south of Moodiesburn, and to the north of Drumcavel Road, north east of Mount Ellen.

The plans include five retail units, two family restaurants, and a health centre.

There would also be a pavilion and parking at a playing field, land for an extension to Bedlay Cemetery, recreational facilities, ‘significant’ road improvements and landscaping.

The council’s planning committee will consider the plans following a site visit on Thursday, December 5.

Almost 200 people have commented on the plans, with many in favour of the development.

One Moodiesburn resident: “As long as there is social housing being built and this generates jobs for people in the area, I think it’s a good idea.

“There is a shortage of homes, both private and social.

“We also need a decent garage, and a shop would make good competitive pricing, so I would be for it.”

A public consultation on the proposals has been carried out.

However, one woman who objected to the plans said: “I live in what is known as ‘Old Moodiesburn’ in a listed row of the oldest buildings in Moodiesburn with open views of the countryside at my back view.

“The main reason we bought the house was for the open views at the back, which compensated for the heavy traffic at the front, which has now disappeared.

“The petrol station will be far too near us, with regard to pollution and health and safety. Also, a football terrace would attract gatherings of sheltering youths at night.”

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