South Lanarkshire ‘Owenstown’ new town plan rejected by councillors
Many co-operative minded people will be disappointed by news that South Lanarkshire councillors have turned down the application for Owenstown.
But given the strength of the recommendation in the planning officials’ report, I would say they had no choice.
In a very detailed report there are a large number of reasons listed why the scheme did not comply with local planning policies.
So whilst South Lanarkshire Council was sympathetic with the overall aims of Owenstown, it simply wasn’t the right place for such an ambitious scheme to be built.
A great deal of effort will have gone into this application and those behind it will be wondering what’s next. An appeal to Scottish Ministers may be on the cards but only around one-third of such appeals for housing schemes are successful.
So what are the lessons for ambitious co-operative schemes like Owenstown in future? Finding the right site is key and a comprehensive strategy for community and political engagement needs to be in place if a successful application is to be achieved.