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24/08/2018

Hamilton growth area benefits from city deal funding

Words: Roger Milne
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Ambitious proposals for 1,800 new homes in Hamilton are set to climb off the drawing board thanks to funding from the £1.13 billion Glasgow City Region City Deal.

South Lanarkshire Council has confirmed that the city deal cabinet has approved the business case and budget for the local authority’s Hamilton Community Growth Area.

The council will use £12 million funding from the deal to invest in infrastructure improvements to enable a consortium of developers to build some 1,800 new homes on two sites totalling 160 hectares on land either side of Torhead Farm.

Some of the funding will be used to extend an existing primary school so it can accommodate an additional 230 pupils.

The area, 19 kilometres south-east of Glasgow, is allocated as a growth point in the local development plan.

Council leader John Ross, said: “This will bring massive opportunities for the local economy, by creating new jobs, supporting unemployed people into work, leveraging private sector investment and spreading the benefits of economic growth.”

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