UNDERDEVELOPED land in a deprived area in the North of Glasgow could finally be sold to a housing association for £1.

Glasgow City Council’s contracts and property committee is expected to approve plans to sell land at Hamiltonhill, which is between Maryhill and Possilpark, to the Queen’s Cross Housing Association (QCHA) this afternoon.

In May the council agreed to an off market disposal of various sites in Hamiltonhill ahead of its £80 million housing development.

A report on the terms and conditions of the sale is expected to be heard today.

Plans for the area, which has high levels of empty space following the historic housing clearances, include a four phase redevelopment project.

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The proposed 600 new homes will provide a mix of houses, cottage flats, three-storey townhouses and three, four and five - storey flats.

QCHA who own much of the land and existing housing in the area, have worked in partnership with the council’s development and regeneration services as well as Scottish Canals to produce the Hamiltonhill Masterplan.

Planning permission to develop a residential area, commercial units and car parking in line with with the masterplan was approved by the local authority last December.

A further application for phase one of the overall development was then submitted to the council with the decision still “pending”.

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Earlier in the year the QCHA said it had hoped to build 201 homes for social use and private sale.

If granted, the initial scheme would see development on the site of the former Saracen Primary and St Cuthbert’s Primary schools.

Once completed there will be 177 homes for social rent and 24 homes for private sale.

There are also proposals for a small communal garden at Bardowie Street, transforming a currently unused area into an informal community garden with “space for a range of activities, attractive planting and trees”.

It is hoped that this development will help the Scottish Government meet its target of 50,000 new affordable homes by March 2021.

Work on the land ahead of development, which is likely to cost more than £14 million, is expected to start in December 2019.