Rugby ground homes plan goes on show

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Bishopbriggs residents are to get the chance to see plans to build homes for elderly people on part of the Allan Glen’s sports ground.

Retirement homes firm McCarthy and Stone says the scheme would legally protect the future use of the sports ground, create parking and upgrade existing pitches – for example by improving drainage and allowing better playing conditions at competition standards for a longer part of the year.

It says it would also support Allan Glen’s 2012 Charitable Trust’s educational initiatives to help young people study science or technology.

An area of the sports ground (1.5 acres) between the pitches and Kirkintilloch Road will be sold to build a McCarthy & Stone retirement development to fund the proposal.

Built over two blocks it would include 49 apartments, a residents’ lounge, guest suite and landscaped gardens.

If planning consent is granted it will be similar to McCarthy & Stone’s development on the corner of Kirkintilloch Road and Stuart Drive, which is currently under construction.

Artists’ impressions and architects’ drawings of the proposal will be available to view at a public exhibition being held at Allan Glen’s Sport Club, 212 Kirkintilloch Road, Glasgow, G64 2NE on Friday (August 7) from 2pm to 7pm and Saturday. August 8 from 10am to 1pm.

McCarthy & Stone’s Scotland managing director, Steve Wiseman, said: “We received a lot of support for our previous application in Bishopbriggs and we look forward to working with the local community to achieve the best development possible for the area.”

Those unable to attend the public exhibition or who would like further information can contact the dedicated freephone information line on 0800 088 4322.