£35m development for old St Andrew’s campus

A NEW multi-million housing and care home development in Bearsden has been given the green light.

East Dunbartonshire Council’s planning board approved the £35m plans for the former St Andrews College Campus in Bearsden, being led by Muse Developments, Miller Home and healthcare company Bupa.

The development includes 63 family houses and 24 two-bedroom flats, with 12 of the flats being built for affordable housing as part of a partnership with the council.

There will also be a 64-bed specialist care home - the first of its kind in Scotland.

The project will help breathe new life into the site, which was formerly occupied by the college’s distinctive ‘henhut houses’, and create new jobs.

Work is expected to get underway by the end of the year.

Steve Turner, regional director Scotland for Muse Developments said: “We are delighted that East Dunbartonshire Council has recognised the benefits that this investment and development will bring and given us the opportunity to progress.

“Our focus is on introducing excellent homes and amenities and this has been clearly reflected through the high profile companies which have come on board to work with us on this development.”

David Knight, managing director of Miller Homes added: “We fully welcome this decision.

“This is a prime development site with much to offer and we look forward to bringing a mix of quality family houses and flats to the area, which will appeal to a broad range of people.”

Richard Jackson, regional director for the north and Scotland for Bupa Care Homes, said: “Bupa has no shareholders and so we are able to keep investing in better care for older people.

“This year alone in the UK we are investing £55 million in building new homes like this one at Bearsden and upgrading or refurbishing existing ones.”

One letter of objection was submitted against the development by Bearsden North Community Council, which included concerns over traffic and congestion as the school, houses, flats and the care home will be accessed from a single point. They also objected to the care home as they felt there is not sufficient parking.

Duncan Cumming, independent councillor for Bearsden North, also raised concerns. He said: “I am concerned that the development will impact on an already busy traffic system. These are very urgent concerns. The immediate ones are the safety aspects in the immediate vicinity of the school.

“I will be monitoring it as will many other people in the communiy so that the development adheres to the conditions. This is a very sensitive site and I’m surprised there were not more letters of objection.