Eyesore site to be transformed

Old Lillyburn Works site in Milton of Campsie.
Old Lillyburn Works site in Milton of Campsie.

The go-ahead has been given for 52 new homes to be built on a former factory site which has long been an eyesore.

East Dunbartonshire Council’s Planning Board voted through the plans by Springfield Properties for the Lillyburn Works site, in Milton of Campsie.

Derelict buildings on the site have long been a safety concern for residents.

It has lain unused for several years after the company which owned it, and was going to build new offices, went into liquidation.

In 2006 a major fire ripped through some of the buildings, while others were left in an unstable condition.

Springfield Properties, who own the site of the old printworks, have carried out a clean-up of the land.

The development will include 10 terraced, 14 semi-detached and 28 detached homes, ranging from two to four bedrooms.

The planning application approval is subject to conditions and a legal agreement.

The agreement includes that 13 of the homes should be affordable housing and that the developer contribute £52,520 towards open space provision and maintenance at both Milton Public Park and at Craigfoot.

The plans have been welcomed by Campsie and Kirkintilloch North councillor David Ritchie. He said: “I’m delighted this eyesore will be sorted, it’s really good news for the community of Milton of Campsie.

“I’d like to thank everyone for their hard work to getting it resolved.”

Milton of Campsie Community Council said it will provide affordable housing “which is exactly what the residents wish to see”.