Plans approved for Ravenscraig’s regeneration scheme in Scotland

WCN Editorial Team 25 Jun 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Ravenscraig has secured planning approval from the North Lanarkshire Council for the transformation of the vast former steelworks site in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, Scotland.

Ravenscraig is a joint venture between Scottish Enterprise, Wilson Bowden and Tata Steel. The partnership is aimed at redeveloping a Ravenscraig Steelworks site, which was closed in 1992.

The masterpaln, submitted to the North Lanarkshire Council, involves the regeneration of the brownfield sites at Ravenscraig near Motherwell. It includes residential areas, education and community facilities, business and employment areas, open space including a town park, hotels, a new town centre with retail, leisure, business, housing and associated transport infrastructure.

North Lanarkshire Council depute leader councillor Paul Kelly said: "This is the most significant regeneration project in North Lanarkshire and, indeed, Scotland which will see new communities created, with homes and facilities for 12,000 people

"The masterplan for Ravenscraig will completely transform the area, bringing much needed homes, jobs, leisure facilities, green spaces, shops and business opportunities.

"It also brings construction work and employment for 20 to 30 years ahead as work progresses across the site, bringing major economic benefits to the whole of North Lanarkshire and beyond.

"The masterplan will be supported by the Ravenscraig Infrastructure Access project, funded by the council and Glasgow City Region City Deal.

"This will see new road infrastructure linking Ravenscraig to the rest of the motorway network, from the M74 at Motherwell, to the M8 at Eurocentral, and the A73 south of Cumbernauld."

Ravenscraig will now seek detailed planning permission for individual phases of the masterplan.

Ravenscraig director Nick Davies said: “This is a momentous decision that will unlock Ravenscraig’s potential and help to attract more investment into this famous site.

"There has already been significant regeneration work over the last decade and we’re proud to say Ravenscraig is now a thriving community."

The planning approval for the masterplan follows weeks after commencement of initial works on a new £3.7m public park at Ravenscraig site and North Lanarkshire Council’s announcement of a £190m roads programme to boost Ravenscraig’s regeneration.

Image: Illustration of Ravenscraig project. Photo: courtesy of North Lanarkshire Council.

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