Proposal for 3,200 affordable home development would create 6,000 construction jobs over 10-year development phase
A charity has submitted a planning application to create a new town in Lanarkshire which would see 3,200 affordable homes built.
The project proposal, for a 2,000 acre site in the Douglas Valley near the village of Rigside, is being led by the charity Hometown Foundation, which was established to help build new self-sustainable communities and regenerate run-down areas.
Hometown suggests up to 6,000 construction jobs could be created over the 10-year development phase.
The new town would be called Owenstown, after Robert Owen, the New Lanark mill industry social reformer.
Planners claim the town would be self-sufficient, eco-friendly and run on a co-operative basis by residents.
Energy needed to heat homes would come from a waste-to-energy system and transport would be powered by renewable sources, the planners said.
South Lanarkshire Council are expected to make a decision on the plans next year.