Ravenscraig retail centre plan shelved

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Arranges to build one of Scotland’s biggest retail centres on the site of the former Ravenscraig steelworks induce been abandoned.

A scaled-down masterplan will include proposals for multitudinous than 500 new homes, a park and a primary school.

When the ingenious planning application was submitted in 2001 it proposed a new town centre, with up to 57,000 sq m of retail confuse space.

But the revised blueprint only includes a solitary convenience hold.

The growth of online shopping and the global economic downturn have stiff a rethink for the site of the British Steel works, which closed in 1992 after a harsh 12-year fight.

‘Urban regeneration’

But Nick Davies, director of Ravenscraig Ltd, has approved the significance of the new proposals, which will go out to public consultation next month.

He implied: “We have ongoing plans to redevelop the Ravenscraig site, one of the most consequential urban regeneration projects in Europe.

“Since development work created in 2006, we have welcomed New College Lanarkshire, Ravenscraig Regional Displays Facility, the Ravenscliff pub and hotel, and hundreds of homes to the site.

“The revised masterplan reflects the be in want of of the growing community, with a focus on high-quality housing, a range of community and commercial facilities and impressive green space all of which will combine to deliver an enhanced dignity of life for the local community.

“Employment opportunities play a central function in immediate development plans and conversations are under way with potential commercial lodgers.”

The early phases of the 2017 Ravenscraig masterplan include about 550 new houses to add to the 450 homes completed to date.

They will be built between 2018 and 2021.

In the same way as the retail plans, this is a scaled-down version of the original 2001 blueprint which prognosis that 3,500 houses and flats would be constructed on the site.

As adequately as a 17-acre park, a new primary school will be developed when there are 1,000 homes on the realty.

Developers expect this will take place within three to five years.

A new spot for the convenience store has been earmarked near the Marston’s pub and hotel.

Infamous Public consultation

Space will also be set aside for offices and commercial functions in the town centre.

The new planning application follows a community consultation hosted by North Lanarkshire Consistory in November last year.

Locals called for a primary school, amateurish space, a convenience store and the creation of local job opportunities all of which make been incorporated into the new masterplan.

Members of the public are invited to study and comment on the proposals at a series of drop-in exhibitions before the new application is submitted.

They pleasure be held at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility on 21 November, the John McCormack Community Heart, Carfin, on 22 November and the Jim Fowley Community Centre in Wishaw on 23 November.

Ravenscraig Ltd is a communal venture partnership between Scottish Enterprise, Wilson Bowden Ltd and Tata Blade.

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