Glasgow drainage plan makes way for 22,000 new houses

The drainage iniative will clear the way for building on brownfield sites
The drainage iniative will clear the way for building on brownfield sites

A £3.17 million plan to improve drainage has been approved by the City Deal cabinet in Glasgow.

The move marks a step forward in the £46m Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Plan (MGSDP), a partnership with Scottish Water, SEPA and other Clyde Valley councils, aimed at tackling problems in the city’s drainage system.

It is hoped that the project will allow the building of 22,000 new homes on brownfield sites which are not economically viable currently, but could be after improvements.

The work will also reduce flooding for more than 7,000 existing properties and more than 30km of roads, saving an annual £2.3m in damages.

Councillor Frank McAveety, chair of the Glasgow City Region City Deal Cabinet, said: “The drainage plan will help to deliver 22,000 new homes, many new jobs and a huge economic boost to the Glasgow city region.

“This plan is a great example of how City Deal funding can enable development that would otherwise not happen, bringing tremendous economic and social benefit.

“ This fantastic project will unlock a huge amount of the area’s economic potential, and prevent the impact of flooding on residents and businesses.”

Work will take place at Aikenhead Road, King’s Park, Cardonald, Croftfoot, Hillington and Darnley Mains in the south, as well as Baillieston, Garrowhill, Drumchapel, Knightswood and Springburn.

In addition, the North Glasgow Integrated Water Management Scheme (a component of the MGSDP) will meet the surface water drainage needs of Sighthill, Dundas Hill, Cowlairs and Hamiltonhill around the Forth and Clyde Canal.