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Outline and Detailed Planning approved for Lennoxtown before sale

East Dunbartonshire Council can delete notices on their website but with archive.org, which copies webpages, we can retrieve both the Outline and Detailed planning permission notices using the deadlinks in the Wikipedia entry for Lennoxtown Training Centre, References 2 & 10: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lennoxtown_training_centre

Outline Planning Approval notice given on 21/12/2005

East Dunbartonshire Councillors have granted Celtic the outline planning permission they need to develop the upper site at the former Lennox Castle Hospital.

The Council’s Planning Board approved the application last night (Tuesday), believing that it would help bring ‘physical, economic and social benefits’ to the area. The application includes:

· a training academy
· hostel accommodation
· six full size UEFA football pitches & 5 a-side area
· a goalkeeping area & a warm-up area

Leader of East Dunbartonshire Council, John Morrison, welcomed Celtic’s interest in Lennoxtown. He said, “The Council’s Planning Service has worked closely with Celtic over recent weeks to progress this application and has shown real efficiency. This decision is an important step forward for the Club. I’m sure that East Dunbartonshire’s residents will be excited at the prospect of such an ambitious development in their area.

“I’m also advised that Celtic will be bringing a significant presence into the community and will assist local young footballers to improve their skills which will be very welcome.”

Outline planning permission agrees the principles of the development and will be followed by consideration of the full planning application from the Club for phase 1 of the proposed development. This will need more details including a transport assessment for the site, a tree survey and drainage information.

Local Councillor, John Dempsey, is looking forward to working with Celtic and their agents on a project that could bring massive changes to the 18.8 hectare upper site which has lain vacant since the hospital closed in 2002.

He said, “This is a very significant local site which the community wants to see developed in a positive way and they are eager to see these proposals become a reality.”

Celtic’s Chief Executive, Peter Lawwell, commented, “”This is excellent news and a very positive step forward. Lennoxtown is presently our preferred location for our new training facility and we hope to make a decision within the next few months.”

Ends (328 words)

Contact: Claire Robertson, Public Affairs, 0141 578 8167
Date: Wednesday 21st December 2005

Detailed Planning Approval given on 20/04/2006

East Dunbartonshire Councillors have granted Celtic the planning permission they need to develop the upper site at the former Lennox Castle Hospital into a new comprehensive training facility for the club.

The Council’s Planning Board approved the application last night (Tuesday), believing that it would help bring great benefits to the area. The application includes the development of a training academy, training pitches and accommodation for groundsmen.

Leader of East Dunbartonshire Council, John Morrison, welcomed Celtic’s interest in Lennoxtown. He said, “The Council’s Planning Service has worked closely with Celtic to progress this application. This decision is an important step forward for the Club to build the new training facility they have been developing for some time. 

“I’m sure that the residents of East Dunbartonshire are delighted at the prospect of this ambitious development in their area. The Celtic training facility will potentially contribute significantly to the development of Lennoxtown and will also bring wider employment and social benefits to the area.”

Planning approval means that the development can now go ahead, subject to a series of planning and pre-start conditions. Work on the new training facility could begin later this year. 

Local Councillor, John Dempsey, is looking forward to the arrival of Celtic in Lennoxtown, which will bring massive changes to the 18.8 hectare upper site which has lain vacant since the hospital closed in 2002.

He said, “The community in Lennoxtown has been keen to see this site be developed in a positive way. This planning approval is the next step in these proposals becoming a reality.”Peter Lawwell: “We received detailed planning permission last night for the Lennoxtown development. This is a significant step towards the realisation of Lennoxtown as the new Training Facility for Celtic Football Club. However, we still have to resolve several issues before we give the final go ahead.” 

Ends (320 words)

Contact: Angela Loughran, Public Affairs, 0141 578 8152
Date: Wednesday 19 April 2006

Completing the Timeline: Greater Glasgow Health Board Chief Executive Tom Divers sign agreement to sell Lennoxtown to Celtic PLC on 29 June 2006

Normally having land which already has planning permission means the land is more valuable.

How close is Lennoxtown and Campsie Village residential development

Have a look at the Google Map SAT view:

Campsie Village and Lennoxtown training centre

The blue icon is Mactaggart & Mickel Campsie View residential developmentPhase 1A only development with their 76 houses. There are still Phases 1B, 2, 3 and 4 to go with another 274 houses. Lennoxtown Training Centre is south west of Campsie Village. Where are the 274 houses going to go?

Next to Lennoxtown – but we are told that the whole area is Greenbelt? So the NHS development with Mactaggart & Mickel is classed residential and Lennoxtown is greenbelt. The NHS wants to get the best price from housebuyers but not from Celtic PLC.

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Discussion

6 thoughts on “Outline and Detailed Planning approved for Lennoxtown before sale

  1. One must ask why are long standing published articles which were accepted as reliable sources by the moderators at Wikkipedia being removed by their original publishers? Why are East Dumbartonshir council removing pubications they made in the intrest of public information / intrest? This Blog has got THEM on the run and the vile corrupt staff within these orginisations will stop at nothing to hide their crimes.

    Posted by Darren Kennedy | January 24, 2014, 11:20 am
  2. It’s an interesting point to consider that the NHS Greater Glasgow Health Board would have consisted of representatives from Glasgow City and East Dunbartonshire Councils.

    The cynic in me would question who those representatives were at the time this was getting pushed through.

    Posted by Big Joe Canoe | January 24, 2014, 2:59 pm
    • Yes true and because land is next to residential land doesn’t mean it gets valued as such. It is also important to keep in mind the Fair Value law is what it’s worth to the owner not the person buying.

      Posted by jinkybhoy | January 29, 2014, 4:38 am
    • Yes, and because land is close to residential land doesn’t mean the land is valued as residential land, your own valuation is laughable. it was a lib dem council in East Dumbartonshire too. It’s also important to point out that the law on Fair Valuation is what it’s worth to the seller not the buyer.
      Let’s now look at Auchenhowie.

      Ps With UEFA not doing a investigation it shows your idiotic attempt at investigating journalism has shown you for a deluded person with a desire to fabricate.

      Posted by jinkybhoy | January 29, 2014, 4:45 am
  3. Simple question, was the land bought by CFC marketed on the Open Market!, Point of note, piece is regarding planning permissions , where’s the valuation so to speak, that you refer. Appears the Roman has simply ignored the laws to which land being sold by government and government bodies must include, land will be independently valued to obtain a fair market value. Is this the law on fair valuation that you refer.

    If this land is then sold at less than is deemed a fair market price by the independent value, the the seller being a government body should have provided reasons to the TAX PAYERS! the lender being the Co-Op we believe, should have asked why the land was being sold for less than it was worth. Did the Co-Op determine this?

    By defintion, the buyer and seller to which you refer is the buying and selling of lands already owned by what is termed absolute ownership of land. This is land previously de crofted under the old feudal system of selling land in Scotland or the selling of land owned by the Crown or government.

    You mention land close to residential land does not necessarily mean its residential, no land is deemed residential or commercial prior to the land being sold by the Crown or Government or decrofted, therefore you have no argument.

    The term residential / commercial may be used because the buyer has got to give a reason why he is buying the land to ensure no burdens are infringed and to comply with planning permissions. Someone it appears determined the purchase of the land by CFC as Commercial. But adjacent land was determined Residential. Who made this decision and on what grounds,It would be very interesting to establish what burdens are held on the land CFC bought in respect to the burdens on the land bought by the developer.

    The simple fact of the matter is it appears the manipulation of real laws regarding obtaining the land is being highlighted and the possible suggestion of cronyism being undertaken by those who were deemed servants of the Government and Government bodies.

    The land appears to have been sold under the guise of commercial leisure and recreation, whose leisure and recreation has benefited from the sale of the land, certainly not the tax payers of East Dunbartonshire.

    Posted by Cathars | February 2, 2014, 8:26 pm

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