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Town visions

What we're proposing

We are proposing to reposition our towns as mixed-use spaces, promoting town centre living and putting staff and services closer to communities. There will be a much stronger focus on new-build housing, residential conversion and refurbishment.

We'll use land no longer needed for retailing and improve town centre access and active travel. We plan to build 5,000 new homes and many of these will be in town centres.

This won't be a one-size-fits-all approach. Each of the towns in North Lanarkshire has its own challenges and opportunities, and its own history and heritage.

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 Coatbridge has an opportunity to redefine and strengthen its town centre, with a focus on Main Street and reinvesting in the centre as an appealing place to live and work.
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 it's 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. 


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11 Mar 2021

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