PROGRESS TOWARDS ECONOMIC TARGETS
Permission granted for a 370 house
development at the heavily contaminated Reddingmuirhead site.
Permission granted for a major mixed
use development at Gilston.
Falkirk Wheel visitor centre nearing
completion and is expected to attract upwards of 150,000 visitors
per annum. Associated accommodation and leisure facilities are
Marketing of Rosebank Distillery
currently under way for range of uses including leisure related
to the canal.
Development proposals study for the
Tamfourhill Corridor are under current consideration.
Morrison Homes pursuing plans for
major housing development at Bowling Basin.
Scottish Enterprise Dunbartonshire
are promoting an extended Framework for Development of the Clyde
Riverside area encompassing 475 acres of land between the Forth
and Clyde Canal and the River Clyde and extending from the Erskine
Bridge to Clydebank Town Centre.
SED are discussing development proposals
for the former Carless Oil Depot site at Old Kilpatrick for a
mix of housing and business space.
The recently launched Kirkintilloch
Initiative, a £39 million initiative to deliver social, economic
and other benefits to the town, will assist the implementation
of Southbank, a joint BW, SED EDC project on the banks of the
Canal at Kirkintilloch.
Canal-related training and business
opportunities are being considered in East Dunbartonshire.
Proposals for the development of
marina facilities at Auchinstarry are under consideration as are
plans for a leisure development at Craigmarloch.
An application has been submitted
for a mixed housing and leisure development at Kelvin Valley Leisure
At Lochrin Basin, Edinburgh Quay
Ltd, a joint venture between Miller Developments and BW has received
planning permission for a mixed use development embracing the
land at the canal terminus.
Fountainbridge Developments have
received planning permission for a mixed use development, including
85 flats at Fountainbridge, opposite the terminus of the canal
and site clearance work has commenced.
At Ratho Quarry construction work
is under way on the development of the National Rock Climbing
Centre of Scotland, a £4.5 million investment that is receiving
support from the Lottery and Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh and
A planning application has been submitted
for a housing and leisure development incorporating a hotel and
country park together with a marina facility at Wilkie's Basin.
Commercial office and showroom developments
have been undertaken by Miller Developments at Hermiston Quay.
In Wester Hailes the community are
preparing proposals for a community operated bunkhouse and activity
Further housing developments are
under consideration in West Lothian at Broxburn and Taywood Homes
have commenced a new housing development at Waterside Meadows
which has a capacity of 208 homes.
A development brief has been prepared
for a 6ha. partly contaminated site adjacent to the Union Canal
in Broxburn which will include housing and a district supermarket.
The viability of a marina facility is also under consideration.
NCS Ltd have completed a 10,000 sq
ft head office and warehouse at Rodney St adjoining the canal.
Work is nearing completion at Skaethorn
Rd adjacent to Maryhill Locks where Stewart Milne Homes are constructing
97 new houses in a £9 million scheme.
At Anniesland, work is progressing
on the redevelopment of Anniesland Village Business Park adjoining
the canal. Scottish Enterprise Glasgow are assisting in the development
by Newstead Properties Ltd of a mix of flats and houses totalling
some 200 units.
Following the success of a pilot
intermediate labour project in Glasgow North last year, a £300,000
"Canal Training and Employment Project" is now under
way. The project partners include Glasgow North Ltd, BW, Glasgow
City Council, Glasgow North Social Inclusion Partnership, and
Scottish Natural Heritage.and aims to provide employment and training
for at least 16 local unemployed people over a period of two years.
Specific canal-related business development
support is required across the ML on a co-ordinated basis. Discussions
are taking place with BW to put an appropriate framework in place.
Under the auspices of a steering
group comprising representatives of BW, SE and the area tourist
boards, a marketing study for the Millennium Link has recently
been concluded and the outcomes and required future actions are
The foregoing is not intended to provide a comprehensive
picture at this stage but to give a feel for wide ranging initiatives
being undertaken as a result of the strong geographical focus
which the Millennium Link has provided.