Councillors have given the nod to a housing developer to proceed with plans for 44 new flats in Cumbernauld.

CCG (Scotland) Ltd submitted the application, proposing redevelopment of the former location of Lennox House in the town’s Seafar area.

The new flats, intended for social housing use by landlord Sanctuary Housing, will consist of a dozen two-bedroomed flats, 27 with three bedrooms and five four bedroom flats, and the designs include scope for wheelchair access. They will be contained within a single five-storey block and parking and bin storage areas are also included in the plans.

The application received a total of ten letters of representation as well as requests for a hearing, although the council deemed this was not justified by protocol, but planning officers recommended granting the application subject to conditions and this was unanimously supported by the planning committee.

The development cannot begin until a legal agreement with the council has been drawn up addressing the impact of new residents on local services such as schools.