Scottish council considers knocking down all high-rise flats 

Tower Blocks North Lanarkshire CouncilScotland’s biggest social landlord North Lanarkshire Council could demolish all its tower blocks within 20 years which, if approved, could transform the skylines of towns including Motherwell, Coatbridge, Airdrie and Wishaw.

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STV news writes:

… As Scotland’s biggest social landlord, North Lanarkshire Council owns 48 tower blocks containing around 4000 flats. It will consult residents in tower households in February next year on its plans to gradually replace the blocks with low-rise accommodation.

… They are part of a £500m strategy to invest in town centre regeneration and modern social housing across the council area…

North Lanarkshire Council leader Jim Logue said: ‘These are hugely ambitious plans. North Lanarkshire is Scotland’s biggest council landlord and we are in the midst of the biggest council housebuilding programme in a generation in Scotland. But we shouldn’t rest on our laurels. Towers were once the future of housing and we have invested steadily over the years in them. But there is no doubt that we are constrained in improving them by the construction; some of our towers were built 55 years ago.’ He added: ‘The quality of homes we are now able to build is exceptional, with great access, adaptability and energy efficiency.’

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