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New masterplan for Ravenscraig

Words: Laura Edgar
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The developers behind the redevelopment of the former Ravenscraig steelworks have revealed that the current plans will be abandoned and a new scaled-down masterplan presented.

Ravenscraig Ltd, a partnership between Scottish Enterprise, Wilson Bowden Ltd and Tata Steel, announced in September 2015 that it would scale back its original masterplan for the site, which is in North Lanarkshire.

This included proposals for a new town centre, up to 57,000 square metres of retail floor space and 3,500 homes.

Now, the early phases of the 2017 Ravenscraig Masterplan include around 550 new homes to be delivered between 2018 and 2021, to add to the 450 completed to date.

It also includes:

  • A new primary school to be developed when there are 1,000 homes on Ravencraig land. The partnership expects this to be within three to five years.
  • A new site for a convenience store, hotel and other community shops.
  • Space for office and commercial businesses in the town centre.
  • Over 17 acres of parkland and space for sport and nature.

The new masterplan follows engagement by the developers and a consultation by the council with the community late in 2016. Feedback called for a number of things, including a primary school, local job opportunities and green space.

Nick Davies, director of Ravenscraig Ltd, said: “We have ongoing plans to redevelop the Ravenscraig site, one of the most important urban regeneration projects in Europe. Since development work began in 2006, we have welcomed New College Lanarkshire, Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility, the Ravenscliff pub and hotel, and hundreds of homes to the site.

“The new masterplan reflects the needs of the modern community, with a focus on high-quality housing, social inclusion and substantial green space to allow the local community to play and exercise.

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

The partnership plans to submit an updated plan to North Lanarkshire Council in February 2018.

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