North Lanarkshire Council to launch consultation on more tower demolitions

North Lanarkshire Council to launch consultation on more tower demolitions

North Lanarkshire Council has announced plans to consult on the demolition of more high-rise council homes.

The second phase regeneration plans have identified a number of prominent multi-story blocks in Motherwell, a tower in Coatbridge and low-rise blocks in Coatbridge, Kilsyth, Motherwell, Airdrie and Wishaw for potential demolition. A consultation process involving 974 households will begin in the coming weeks asking residents for their views on the proposals.

This latest phase follows a major change in housing policy announced by the council in 2017, which saw plans agreed to demolish a number of tower blocks and low-rise blocks in the area and replace them with modern homes fit for the future.

The first phase involved 1,700 households, with 81% of respondents agreeing with the regeneration proposals. This initial phase is now nearing completion, with most tenants having already moved or agreed to future housing options, and several blocks having been knocked down or are in the process of being demolished.

Stephen Llewellyn, chief officer of housing management, said: “This is a significant moment in the council’s long-term vision to regenerate communities and provide quality, modern homes for families and local people that meet their future needs and expectations.

“The views of our residents on the regeneration proposals are vital to informing the council’s decision-making.

“Our new build housing programme is continuing at pace, with a commitment to providing 5,000 new council homes for rent by 2035. The clearance of many of the tower sites will pave the way for the construction of new homes for tenants to enjoy, providing a significant boost to employment and construction in North Lanarkshire.”

Information packs and surveys will be delivered to residents living in properties identified as part of phase two of the programme, with a number of community engagement events also planned, including open days and discussions with tenants’ and residents’ associations.

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