Polmont project to be completed by 2015

The long-awaited Gilston project is moving forward at long last. Picture: Lisa McPhillips (132545)
The long-awaited Gilston project is moving forward at long last. Picture: Lisa McPhillips (132545)

A long-awaited business and recreation development is now progressing well and shaping up to a 2015 
completion date.

Hansteen Land Ltd has been trying to create a multi-million pound hotel/restaurant and office space on land to the east of Gilston Farm, near Polmont, for well over a decade.

After several years in planning limbo, a series of rows with Falkirk Council over the proposed timetable for the construction work and outline planning permission for the site being granted on appeal, Hansteen is now working towards the completion of phase one of its build.

The firm stated this week the project would be completed in 2015.

Rory O’Connor, Hansteen’s development consultant, said: “We now have the access infrastructure in place and are seeking to make further applications through the local planning process to build our mixed use development, 
including housing.

“We see the build being completed no later than 2015 with the creation of a significant number of jobs in the area.”

Back in 2006, Falkirk 
Council refused to grant Hansteen an extension to develop the land at the site, looking for work to start on or before February 3, 2007, while Hansteen wanted permission to extend that to October 2011.

A council spokesman said: “The wider Gilston site benefits from outline planning permission for a large mixed use development. This outline permission contained a number of conditions requiring submission of further applications.

“Further applications have also been approved on the site, essentially seeing approval of a masterplan for the full site as well as levels, roads and landscaping details for phase one of the development.

“While these approvals allow certain groundworks to be carried out on the site, and the laying out of the main road network, further applications will be required to approve the detailed design and layout of each plot as well as full details for phases two and three of the site.

“Our planning officers visited the site this week and cannot see any work having taken place that is not covered by the existing consents.”