Hamilton residents are being warned of a five-month road closure as essential work for a nearby housing development kicks off.

A part of the A723 Strathaven Road will close on October 30 to allow developers to make progress on Hamilton’s Community Growth Area.

The work will be done on a stretch of the A723 from the junction of Ballantyne Drive in Hamilton to the roundabout accessing the Cala Homes development.

Works will remain in operation until April 5, 2024, and are necessary due to the work being carried out by Luddon Construction on behalf of Cala Homes and Barratt Homes.

Colin Park, head of roads, transportation and fleet services at South Lanarkshire Council, said: “The need to close the road is not a decision that has been taken lightly but, to enable the contractor to carry out the work and to ensure the safety of their workforce, it is one that is unavoidable.

“Luddon have expressed their commitment to maximising their working hours as far as planning permission allows in an effort to progress the works as quickly as possible.

“However, disruption will be inevitable and we would be grateful for the co-operation of everyone affected during these essential works.

“I would ask everyone to take note of the implications on their journey of the closure and diversions and plan their journeys accordingly, allowing additional time if necessary.”

There will be two alternative diversions in place during this period – one for traffic suitable for motorway travel and one for all traffic.

Plans for the large-scale housing development were approved by South Lanarkshire Council last October.

The development will see one site with 628 homes, including 49 affordable units and another site with 153 homes being built.

Plans will also include road reconstructions with a new roundabout from Strathaven, and a crossing over the Cadzow Burn which will allow Strathaven Road and Meikle Earnock Road to be linked – which is a key component of the Hamilton Community Growth Area.