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Town Visions

Each of our eight established towns are unique, therefore individual Town Vision documents have been developed in partnership with residents, businesses and Community Boards to promote a range of transformative proposals which will deliver a mixed-use town centre fit for the needs of the community.

The Town Visions will be used as advocacy documents to broaden engagement across stakeholders and include existing and future potential developer interest, business and property interests, the housing sector, local residential stakeholders and community interests.

The Visions are not masterplans for each town, they are intended to act as a driver for change instead. 

Although individual to each place, each Town Vision is based on principles of locality, diversity and accessibility to be places to Live, Learn, Work, Invest and Visit. 

We’ll achieve this by:

  • Investing in town centre housing, creating great places to live locally.
  • Investing in education, schools and colleges to provide opportunities for young people and for life-long learning.
  • Investing in jobs and skills to ensure we have strong and competitive people and places to embrace opportunities provided by local businesses.
  • Investing in people, health and wellbeing and encouraging private and Third-Sector investment in our local areas.
  • Promoting our towns as quality places as appealing leisure, day visit and tourism destinations.

The overarching vision for all our town centres is contained within ‘The Place, The Vision: Your Town Vision’ document which was approved by the council in September 2021.

The following pages are an edit of this document to allow an understanding of what has been proposed for your own town

Town About the vision
Airdrie Airdrie's vision is built around transformational investment in the town's infrastructure that will create one of the best-connected settlements in North Lanarkshire.
Bellshill Bellshill is an enterprising well-connected town that services an extensive catchment that will help it grow both as a services hub and a centre for living.
Coatbridge The town has the capacity to be an important service hub with its good rail connections and diverse business base making it a strong investment location for both business and living.
Cumbernauld Cumbernauld is North Lanarkshire's largest town. It now has an opportunity to re-define itself as a '21st Century new town' and further develop its commercial, industrial and retail role as a sustainable, green and low carbon regional hub.
Kilsyth Kilsyth is a gateway town and a hub for the Kelvin Valley, creating a visitor destination built around its history, heritage, connections and character. It will develop its tourism offer as an important local destination servicing and supporting visitors to the local area, Kelvin Valley and Kelvin Hills.
Motherwell Motherwell is Lanarkshire's best-connected town. It has a major opportunity to develop around its role within the City Region as a key hub with excellent connections to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Scotland's Central Belt.
Shotts Shotts is a rural town bringing together the historical small mining settlements of Dykehead, Calderhead, Stane and Torbothie. A new town centre will create a new central hub for the community creating a new centre that can support and sustain the community and build a sense of place.
Wishaw Wishaw is an enterprising well-connected town and it is around these core values that the town's future vision is based. Wishaw will build on the quality of place creating a new compact and liveable centre. 

The Place, The Vision: Your Town Vision


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Page last updated:
04 Dec 2023

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