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CPO brings block demolitions closer

10 December 2014
The Allanfauld Road blocks will be demolished in 2015

The demolition of the first high-rise blocks in Cumbernauld will move a step closer on Friday (12 December).

North Lanarkshire Council will transfer ownership of the three Allanfauld Road blocks to housing provider Sanctuary, having used Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) powers to acquire the site.

The CPO will allow Sanctuary’s £75 million regeneration of the town’s high-rise blocks to continue. Of the 89 owners affected, 88 agreed to sell their property to Sanctuary, while one owner remains untraceable.

Roddy Macdonald, Sanctuary’s Head of Development – Scotland, said: “This is a significant step which will see the first of the high-rise blocks cleared.

“Every traceable owner has willingly sold their flat to us, reinforcing the case to start the demolition programme for these once popular buildings.  

“The CPO will prevent an abandoned flat delaying the construction of 111 new homes. We thank North Lanarkshire Council and the Scottish Government for their support in helping progress this much-needed regeneration project.”

The Allanfauld Road blocks will be handed over to Safedem, Sanctuary Cumbernauld’s demolition contractor, in the New Year. The three high-rises are expected to be demolished in late summer 2015.

North Lanarkshire Council’s Convener of Housing & Social Work Services, Cllr Sam Love said: “The use of CPO powers has been necessary to ensure that the demolition of these blocks of flats can go ahead in order to replace them with new high quality homes fit for the 21st century.

“I am delighted with the progress that has been made already in this ambitious project and would like to acknowledge the hard work of all those involved and also wish the tenants and owners every happiness in their new homes.

“We will continue to work with Sanctuary Cumbernauld to progress CPOs for the future phases of the re-provisioning programme.”