Exciting plans for the former council headquarters

Tom Johnston House, Kirkintilloch
Tom Johnston House, Kirkintilloch

Plans to redevelop the council’s former headquarters - Tom Johnston House - are gathering pace.

The landmark site on Lenzie Road, Kirkintilloch, and nearby Whitegates Business Park, are going to be put up for sale after East Dunbartonshire Council and Sim Property (Whitegates) Ltd reached an agreement.

They both still own their respective properties, but the 10-acre joint site will be marketed soon by Whitelaw Baikie Figes - paving the way for a major boost for the local economy.

Sim Property (Whitegates) Ltd submitted a Proposal of Application Notice (PoAN) last June for a mixed-use development which includes a large food store, petrol filling station, restaurant and associated parking, access and landscaping.

This was followed by a 12-week period of public consultation in Kirkintilloch when copies of the PoAN were sent to Kirkintilloch and Lenzie Community Councils and councillors.

Some existing industrial units and a day nursery will be retained within Whitegates.

Councillor Alan Moir, Convener of Development and Regeneration at the Council, said: “This is good news and a positive step towards bringing the council’s former site back into use.

“Officers have been working extensively to market the site and explore potential options, but it has proved particularly challenging in the current economic climate.

“The joint venture is very welcome and I am confident it will help to unlock two sites in Kirkintilloch with a huge amount of potential.

“There are no guarantees for the future use of the Tom Johnston House site and the business park, but I believe there are exciting times ahead and I look forward to good news in the future..”