South Lanarkshire New Town bid facing rejection
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April 1 2014
Planners came to the view that the 400 acre site in the Douglas Valley was unsuitable for such a project as it did not fit into the local development plan.
Their report said: “The concept of a new town, based on the co-operative principles described by the applicants, could be acceptable in the right location and under the right circumstances.
"Overall, however, it is concluded the site the subject of the application is inappropriate."
Owenstown had been conceived by the Homestead Foundation as a new community near New Lanark which would be founded on co-operative principles.
Critics had warned of the negative consequences for existing settlements however, regarding claimed connections with Robert Owen to be nothing more than a cynical marketing ploy.
The Homestead Foundation have said they plan to appeal.
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