WORK can begin on a new hotel on the border of Rutherglen and Cambuslang – nearly five years after it was given planning permission.
It was confirmed last week that the plans for the 46-room facility on Burn Place can go ahead following the conclusion of the legal process.
The plans were originally given the go-ahead in December 2007. The plans are for a three-storey building with basement parking. The road into the site – between Dukes Road and Burn Place – will be brought up to standard by the applicant.
Officers described the site as “an unsatisfactory mix of uses and derelict, unused land”.
Councillors were told at the original meeting the plans would “provide an acceptable active use in an area which has suffered from years of dereliction and bring road and footpaths access to the site up to the required standard”.
The new hotel is expected to be similar in style to a Travelodge, although the company were unable to confirm this week if they had anything to do with the plans.
The Reformer attempted to contact the agent of the applicant but were unsuccessful.
A spokesman for South Lanarkshire Council said: “This application went before the Planning Committee on December 4, 2007, and was approved, subject to a legal agreement being concluded, which left it in the applicant’s hands as far as progress was concerned.
“This legal aspect was recently concluded and so the Council was able to issue consent as a result.”
The proposal has been welcomed by a local councillor who believes it will help bring jobs to the area, as well as provide an ideal base for visitors coming to Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Cambuslang West Labour representative Richard Tullett said: “I very much welcome this investment to create a new hotel locally, not least because of the additional jobs it will provide.
“If it is up and running by the time of the Commonwealth Games in 2014, it will give people from far and wide the opportunity to stay in our local area which can only be a good thing and a boost to the local economy.”