Go-ahead for homes on site of hospital

The application is for 163 homes on the site of the former hospital.
The application is for 163 homes on the site of the former hospital.

Property developers have been given the go-ahead to build housing on the site of the former Broomhill Hospital in 
Kirkintilloch.

The planning application, for 163 homes,was submitted by CALA Homes and assessed by planning officials at East Dunbartonshire Council on Tuesday, September 18.

The application was unanimously granted, albeit with a lengthy list of conditions attached, including the refurbishment of the old gatehouse, which is a listed building.

The properties will be range from flats to detatched houses and 45 of the homes will be 
social housing, expected to come under the control of Link Housing Association.

The official report on the application states: “Given the above assessment, it is considered that the proposed development of 163 houses would create a new neighbourhood, with high quality open space bringing benefits to the wider community of Kirkintilloch.

“It would provide a sustainable, inclusive development and provide much needed affordable homes within an allocated housing site.

“The proposed design of the new residential streets, with courtyards, cul-de-sacs and linear forms, set against the backdrop of the existing mature trees would reflect the character of the site and surrounding area.

“The variety of house types and design would create an attractive neighbourhood and regenerate this site. A new network of footpaths would ensure permeability and ease of movement through both the proposed residential development and the wealth of open space surrounding the site.”

Construction work at the site is expected to commence in early 2019 with the first residents moving into the estate in 2020.