Are flats a healthy boost for Kirkintilloch?

THE site of a former health clinic could be transformed into new housing.

Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association has submitted a planning application to build a three-storey block of 17 flats on the ground currently occupied by Townhead Clinic, in Kirkintilloch.

The plans also include a pharmacy and parking courtyard.

The clinic has been empty since the new state-of-the-art healthcare centre opened in Saramago Street just over a year ago.

However, there have been calls to turn the former clinic site into a car park to help tackle the ongoing problem of parking in the area.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde want to sell the site for affordable housing - with the proceeds from the sale being used to help fund regeneration projects by Kirkintilloch's Initiative.

Gordon Laurie, director for Sanctuary Scotland, said: "Sanctuary Scotland is committed to developing affordable homes for local people.

"Our proposals would see the construction of 17 high quality, energy efficient flats which would help to address the housing shortage in the area.

"Should the application be successful, we also plan on building an on-site pharmacy, which will be a valuable local amenity and complement the services provided by the adjacent Kirkintilloch health centre.

"We are currently at the early stages of the project and hope to acquire the site before April 2011, with works to commence later in the year."