Ravenscraig is set for further transformation after a new Masterplan was given the green light by planning officials. Ryden Planning has acted for Ravenscraig Ltd since 2001, and the original masterplan was approved in 2005 for regeneration of what was the largest vacant/derelict site in Europe.
Scotland’s best known industrial site has undergone significant investment in the last decade. And now, North Lanarkshire Council has granted outline planning permission for a new Masterplan which aims to build on recent successes and foster a thriving community where people can live, work and play.
The emphasis in the updated masterplan is on the delivery of approx. 4,500 houses; a mixed use town centre with 30,000 sq m of retail floorspace, leisure and business uses; a 7 ha Town Park; and over 31 ha of business and industrial development.
Nick Davies, director of Ravenscraig Ltd, 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.
“This represents the beginning of the next phase of regeneration at Ravenscraig. With planning approval now granted, we will move forward with our ambitious plans to further transform the site, ensuring sustainability and inclusive growth are at the heart of our approach. We are committed to working with North Lanarkshire Council and investors to deliver on the promise of Ravenscraig.”
The planning decision comes just weeks after initial works began on a new £3.7m public park at Ravenscraig. It also follows North Lanarkshire Council’s announcement of a £190m roads programme that will boost Ravenscraig’s regeneration. Part of the Glasgow City Region City Deal, it represents the biggest single roads and infrastructure investment in North Lanarkshire’s history, with construction work due to begin later this year.
Ravenscraig Ltd engaged extensively with the community ahead of the Masterplan being submitted to North Lanarkshire Council. A number of drop-in exhibitions were held, giving members of the public the chance to view and comment on the proposals.
Adrian Smith, Planning Partner at Ryden, added: “Implementation of the previous masterplan has been slower than hoped due largely to changing economic conditions. The updated masterplan is all about delivery and, along with our agency colleagues at Ryden, we will be doing all we can to increase the pace of development on this nationally important project.”