New site agreed for Lanark Rural Development Center

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Revised proposals for a rural development center in the Lanark area were approved after the initial site purchase failed.

Funding was originally in place from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF) for a proposed derelict site at Alston’s Yard on Ladyacre Road.

But when the purchase of the site failed, an opportunity at Lanark Racecourse on the site of a demolished building was identified.

Councilors from South Lanarkshire Council’s Community and Enterprise Resources Committee have agreed to the proposed changes to the scheme, subject to common good consultations.

The Scottish Government has confirmed that it is satisfied that the project is progressing at the new site using its RCGF which is currently £800,000.

Delivery of the revised proposal will now see the creation of a Lanimer shed and rural business center with parking and associated landscaping which will be leased to occupying organisations.

In addition, the project will create:

  • Four (full-time equivalent) construction jobs
  • 14 existing jobs supported (within Healthy Valleys)
  • 200 training places supported for volunteers and community groups focusing on health and well-being
  • 250m² of new commercial space
  • 500m² of storage space for the Lanark Lanimer committee
  • 0.05 hectares of redeveloped brownfields
  • Two collective facilities through the creation of office and activity spaces and a community shed.

Councilor Robert Brown, chairman of the council’s Community and Enterprise Resources Committee, said: ‘This very exciting project will provide excellent facilities for the local community at large.

“I am therefore delighted that the committee has agreed to allow this proposal to become a reality and I look forward to seeing it progress and providing excellent opportunities for everyone.”

Following committee approval, agreements will now be sought from interested parties, including the Lanark Lanimer committee and Healthy Valleys.

And as the proposed site forms part of the Lanark Common Good, an extensive consultation process is underway with the community to meet the requirements of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.

In addition to these initial consultations, stakeholders will receive regular updates at key stages throughout construction at the site which will be delivered using a range of sustainable techniques and designs, taking into account the best practices and current construction industry guidelines.

The development of the two facilities has also highlighted the importance of Lanark Racecourse as a local asset that is highly valued by all who use it.

An opportunity through the Place Based Investment Fund is now available to create a plan for future investment in the global area with a master plan for Lanark Racecourse and a priority project study will soon be underway.

This will be extensive work, recognizing the commons status of the land and working closely with the community and site users through several consultation events. The results will be communicated in 2023.

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