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Two decade Easterhouse masterplan calls for 6,000 new homes

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September 28 2016

Two decade Easterhouse masterplan calls for 6,000 new homes
Glasgow City Council has published a 20 year blueprint for the Greater Easterhouse area of the city, pledging to deliver 6,000 homes as well as nurseries, schools and a wetland park to transform the area following confirmation of a new visitor centre at Provanhall House.

A report prepared on behalf of the council has identified 10 sites as suitable for the development of private housing totaling some 180 hectares of vacant land as well as the refurbishment of existing properties and an overhaul of the former Shandwick Place shopping centre.

Councillor Frank McAveety, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “The plans for the future of Easterhouse are thrilling.  When complete, the area will be transformed into one that acts as an eastern gateway into Glasgow and a fantastic retail, cultural and leisure destination for visitors from the rest of the city and beyond. 

“We will build on the successes of recent years to complete the regeneration of Easterhouse to deliver an area of Glasgow that is attractive as a place in which to live, work, invest and visit.” 

A key plank of this strategy is the Seven Lochs Wetland Park.
New schools and nurseries are planned as Easterhouse becomes more attractive to families
New schools and nurseries are planned as Easterhouse becomes more attractive to families
There are currently 800 homes being built in Garthamlock
There are currently 800 homes being built in Garthamlock

6 Comments

wonky
#1 Posted by wonky on 28 Sep 2016 at 10:55 AM
I don't quite understand the rationale behind any of this. It seems to me that Easterhouse has found its natural population threshold- for a place so far away from the central urban core- so why build 6000 new homes there? There are swathes of brownfield sites in the East End close to the urban core that could be developed in order to stitch up the build fabric of the inner city ( as well as bringing people close to the city for work, play, travel convenience etc). Bellgrove, Gallowgate, huge swathes of Dalmarnock ( even before we consider the disastrous vacancies in the Barras areas) are areas with existing transport infrastructure & in walking distance of the city. For me it would more sense to prioritize these areas.
Graeme McCormick
#2 Posted by Graeme McCormick on 28 Sep 2016 at 12:01 PM
Twenty years? How long has the Council owned the land? Another lost generation and no sense of urgency. If the Council and other public sector agencies were charged Annual Ground Rent on all their land they would have disposed of it long ago to others who have the funds to build the homes, etc. The community would have been regenerated many years ago.
Jimbob Tanktop
#3 Posted by Jimbob Tanktop on 28 Sep 2016 at 13:20 PM
#1 This is a dreary attempt by McAveety to varnish Easterhouse, and Easterhouse alone, simply because it's his neck of the woods and controls his political destiny. It wasn't nice for Frankie boy when his only job was being gifted a made-up job by GCC as the Cycling Lanes Tzar.

The welfare of the rest of the city doesn't come into it. Witness when he played at being Culture Secretary (Jeez...remember the days when we had a govern...sorry, *Executive* which placed Culture in the hands of Frank McAveety?) As Culture Secretary he was charged with finding an HQ for the nascent National Theatre of Scotland. The ideal choice would obviously have been to place it somewhere close to the Royal Conservatoire, where actors, directors, writers and the like have reason to be. Somewhere close to theatres, and transport links for the rest of the country. Somewhere that allowed visitors to take advantage of a large city. An opportunity to create a hub, of sorts. Frank plonked it in...Easterhouse.

Now, they're largely based at Spiers Lock, which is where they should have been in the first place. It only took a dozen or so years to fix that. This will be the same. No-one will want to move there, let alone 6000 households with no prior connection to the place. It's inconvenient, low on facilities and infrastructure. But it might just secure McAveety and his cronies a few more years over the pork barrel, so tally-ho.
Ross
#4 Posted by Ross on 28 Sep 2016 at 16:24 PM
Easterhouse seems to be crawling out of the ashes to become a decent town, with a proper town centre, cinema, champagne swigging restaurants, decent sport centres, motorway access, train stations, access to Edinburgh/Carlisle, a small community college and a theatre!

People do want to live in the east end of Glasgow in the suburbs for these reasons, plus its affordable. 6000 new homes will bring more civic pride to Easterhouse, more introduction of new people and residents. I am all for this. Change the old "big four" schemes into proper urban towns where people want to buy there.
wonky
#5 Posted by wonky on 28 Sep 2016 at 19:06 PM
Ross I really hope so- I'm not so sure- for me, fixing the inner city areas makes more sense. But then if it means attracting suburbanites from places likes Coatbridge, Cumbernauld or even prevent young couples from moving to places like EK, then I'm all for it. Sometimes its easy for the likes of me to forget lots of people want a garden, a slower pace of life & the kind of privacy that comes with a suburban lifestyle.
Fat Bloke on Tour
#6 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 29 Sep 2016 at 10:16 AM
This project is not worth two decades of effort.
It should be done in 5 years with all the ghost streets in the area.

Plus building new stuff is just wasted effort when what is already there is not looked after.

The Bridge is a case in point.
Poor design looking very tired at the moment.
Dirt traps and leaks in the roof.
Outside areas desperately need some cleaning.
Public realm is very run down.
Scotland, especially public sector Scotland isn't very good at upkeep and maintenance.

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