Taylor Wimpey West Scotland and Muse Developments are delighted to bring forward proposals for the development of new homes on the former Larkhall Academy site.

Thanks to those of you who joined us for a Livechat on here on Friday 25th.  If you missed this, you can still contact us on enquiries@broomhillroad.co.uk  You have until 16th March to submit comments to us.

You have until 5pm on Wednesday 16th March 2022 to give us your comments. We will then review all of your comments and provide feedback via this website.

Click the Your Comments button to the left to complete a feedback survey.

ABOUT TAYLOR WIMPEY AND MUSE

Taylor Wimpey was formed by the merger of George Wimpey and Taylor Woodrow in 2007. We are able to draw upon experience and best practice gathered over a history dating back to the 19th Century. Today we are one of the largest homebuilders in the UK, completing over 14,000 homes each year.

We want our developments to be environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. We understand the importance of stimulating strong, vibrant and healthy communities while protecting and improving the natural, built and historic environment.

Muse is one of the UK’s leading names in mixed-use development and urban regeneration, with a range of major commercial and residential schemes across the country.

We deliver innovative places through collaboration, bringing together the best of the public and private sector to drive economic growth and social prosperity right into the heart of our communities.

With over 30 years’ experience in delivering high-quality places and spaces where people can live, work and relax, means we’re well placed in repurposing areas to bring sustainable, transformational change to our towns and cities

DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS

The aim is to provide a mixture of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes including 25% affordable.  However, a key part of our consultation is to find out from the local community what type of housing is needed locally.

The final proposals will include greenspace, play areas, new footpaths and enhanced connectivity to the countryside, creating an attractive place in which to live as well as connecting the site into the surrounding community. 

Re-constituted stone, white dry dash render, precast stonework, flat grey concrete roof tiling.

We will develop the plot sizes as we refine the detail of our proposals, with garden sizes in accordance with Council requirements.

Some new properties will side on to the existing houses on Sarah Drive.  Any house backing on to the existing houses will be positioned a minimum of 10m from the boundary of any existing garden.

The proposed new housing will be situated at a lower level than the existing housing.  This, coupled with modern lighting design, will reduce any light pollution.  New tree planting and/or fences along the boundary line will remove the opportunity for overlooking.

We propose to remove some existing trees to make way for the proposed development, however we do propose to retain as many trees as we can, and will plant as many trees as possible within designated tree belts.  A full tree survey will accompany the application.

Yes, the nature of the design means that many houses will benefit from solar gain and attractive views to the west, via the dual aspect housing.  Many houses will also have a view to whatever amenity space is nearest their property, including the dis-used railway embankments which house dense existing woodland.

3D images of our house types ae available on the Taylor Wimpey website.

It is likely the new housing will include solar PV in accordance with building regulation compliance.

A Local Equipped Area of Play (LEAP) will be included within the development, together with other smaller areas of passive open space and amenity open space via landscape buffers and SUDS.

There are popular walking routes through the existing dis-used railway line, into the Cherryhill area. These walking routes will be retained and access will be further improved by adding new connections through the development.  We are currently consulting with NatureScot in relation to the distance of any proposed housing, to the neighbouring Cherry Hill area which lies to the west and south.

The proposed development will comply to the current Building Standards, and will include some form of external electrical supply suitable for charging an electric vehicle.

New low energy lighting design strategy will be incorporated within the detailed design to ensure that only the areas which require to be lit will be lit, as opposed to areas out with the development.

The development will deliver 25% affordable housing in accordance with South Lanarkshire Council planning policy.  Affordable housing will be delivered on site in partnership with SLC.  We will be engaging with the Council’s housing department to ensure that the correct mix of house  types are available for the local area.

The location of the affordable housing is yet to be determined by South Lanarkshire Council.

The proposals are simply for a combination of Affordable Housing and Private Housing for a wide range of buyers.

ROADS INFRASTRUCTURE

The main vehicular access will come off of the roundabout on Broomhill Drive.

A Traffic Assessment will be submitted to the Council as part of the planning application. South Lanarkshire Council will determine if there are any areas of concern needing addressed in terms of the existing infrastructure.

The roads within the development will be built to adoptable standards with a tarmac surface, and block paving utilised in parking courts.

Yes, bus stops and Larkhall train station will be a 10 minute walk from the development.

Yes, local amenities will be within a 10 minute walk of the development.

Parking will be delivered in accordance with Council requirements, both within housing plots and also visitor parking bays out with the housing plots.

TIMESCALES/NEXT STEPS

Our consultation began on  21st February and will be run online until 16th March 2022.

On 25th February, from 3pm-7pm, we will hold an  online consultation event to comply with Covid guidance.

In addition we have

  • leafleted 2,000  local residents and businesses
  • placed an advert in the Hamilton Advertiser
  • set up this project website
  • emailed the local Community Council, Councillors and politicians

The consultation information was posted on the project website with a link to the questionnaire to enable online responses to be gathered.

We would like to submit an application in spring 2022.

We have not yet entered into discussions with the Council in terms of community contributions.  Should it be identified that some form of community contribution is required, then Taylor Wimpey will enter into a legal agreement with South Lanarkshire Council.  

This is dependent on when  all the necessary statutory consents.  It is anticipated that the earliest site start would be early 2023.

The development should take around a year from starting building to first homes being available.

Both Taylor Wimpey and Muse are responsible developers, and pride ourselves on being good neighbours.  A Construction Management Plan will be completed for approval by the Council which will ensure best construction practices are adhered to so disruption is minimised through the construction process.  

CONTACT

If you would like more information at any time, or to be kept updated on the proposals,

you can email us at enquiries@broomhillroad.co.uk or call on 0800 987 5990.

NEWS

January 2022

Taylor Wimpey West Scotland and national urban regenerator, Muse Developments, intend to submit a planning application to South Lanarkshire Council, to provide a residential development on the land at the former Larkhall Academy, at Broomhill Road in Larkhall.

Ahead of this application, the project design team will host an online public consultation event on Friday 25 February 2022 between 3.00pm-7.00pm to keep the local community fully informed of their proposals for the development. 

This digital consultation will offer members of the public the opportunity to chat directly to the project design team to provide their feedback and comments about the proposed development via this project website or via  www.taylorwimpey.co.uk/larkhall

As part of the project team’s online approach to this consultation, members of the public are also encouraged to complete a feedback form to share their comments about the proposals.

As part of the overall development, Taylor Wimpey West Scotland and its development partner Muse Developments Ltd is proposing to deliver around 200 new two, three and four-bedroom homes, of which 25% will be affordable. 

The proposal also includes plans for associated roads and the transport infrastructure required to support a development of this nature, as well as landscaping and ancillary engineering works associated with residential development.

Caroline Proctor, Land & Planning Director for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland comments: “Our online public consultation event is an important part of our community engagement strategy for any new development, because it allows us to discuss our development proposals for a local area with key stakeholders and members of the community.

“The online public consultation event for the residential development on land at the former Larkhall Academy on Friday 25 February 2022 will give us the opportunity to understand and consider the views from as many stakeholders as possible as the project team develops the proposal for the land at the former Larkhall Academy. 

“I would like to take this opportunity to encourage the local community to engage with us online to share their views so that we may consider these as development proposal evolves.”

Simon Dew, Development Director at Muse Developments, added: “This is an extremely important stage in the process of finalising the design proposals for the proposed development of land at the former Larkhall Academy.  Our online public consultation event will allow us to understand the views of the local community. We will review and consider all of the feedback and suggestions that we receive, as we develop our proposals for this emerging development with a view to making an application to South Lanarkshire Council.”

All comments should be received by 16 March 2022 and the planning application is expected to be made in Spring.

This consultation is being held online to comply with the Scottish Government’s current Covid 19 planning guidance. When a planning application is submitted to South Lanarkshire Council, normal neighbour notification and publicity will be undertaken and you will have the opportunity to make formal representations to the Council.

Muse is one of the UK’s leading names in development and regeneration.  Taylor Wimpey is one of the largest homebuilders in the UK, completing over 14,000 homes each year.