No Sanctuary at busy Kirkintilloch car park

OLD TOWNHEAD CLINIC AND CARPARK'PHOTO EMMA MITCHELL'7/3/11
OLD TOWNHEAD CLINIC AND CARPARK'PHOTO EMMA MITCHELL'7/3/11

PLANS to build flats near a town centre car park have been ditched ... for now.

Sanctuary Scotland was given planning permission in March to build a three-storey development of 16 flats and a pharmacy at the former Townhead Clinic site, on Lenzie Road, in Kirkintilloch.

But the Herald has learned that the development is no longer going ahead after Sanctuary, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Kirkintilloch’s Initiative failed to reach an agreement.

Concerns had been raised by businesses and residents that the development would add to the area’s existing parking problems.

Florence Cairney, secretary of the Kirkintilloch Miners’ Welfare Club, which sits near the former clinic, welcomed the news.

She said: “The parking is already beyond belief, so I don’t know why they want to build flats there. We put in our objections to the development.

“I hope plans continue to fall through. It’s ridiculous to build flats there.”

Sanctuary Scotland director, Gordon Laurie, said: “Unfortunately, we were unable to agree terms to buy the site from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and currently cannot take this project forward.

“We will, however, keep the situation under review to see if there’s a chance the development can go ahead at some time in the future.”

Thomas Glen, director of Kirkintilloch’s Initiative, said: “It is regrettable that, in this case, it has not been possible to reach an agreement with Sanctuary Housing which complies with Scottish Government guidance.

“The Townhead Clinic site has always been seen as an important part of the whole Kirkintilloch’s Initiative regeneration project.

“It occupies a strategic site in the town and we remain hopeful that it will be developed in a positive way, just like many other KI sites that have been transformed over recent years.”