Date: Thursday 29 October 2020
Today marks a significant point in local history as we hand over the ownership of Frankfield Loch to North Lanarkshire Council, completing our legal obligations which formed part of the original planning consent for our now sold out development, also named Frankfield Loch.
Following the land transfer, the council’s aim is to have the area designated as a new local nature reserve. The loch itself is one of many ‘Kettle Ponds’ in Scotland, which were formed by glacial retreat after the last Ice Age. This body of natural water is also made up of marshland wet woodland, with wildflower meadows covering a vast stretch of land.
Frankfield Loch enjoys a rich and diverse mix of wetland and woodland habitat, making it a tranquil home to a wide variety of birds, pond life, wildflowers and insects throughout the year. It’s also become the ‘jewel in the crown’ for many of Scotland’s birdwatchers with many species appearing throughout the seasons, making it one of our more unique land transfers.
Graeme Oswald, Design and Planning Manager for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland said: “As part of our Detailed Planning Consent for the development of new homes, located off Loch Road, Stepps, we agreed to carry out enhancement works to the wider area, to further improve existing, and also create new natural habitats for wildlife.
“ We believe that people can benefit from having access to the landscape and nature which surrounds them, and Frankfield Loch, Stepps serves as a strong example of nature and development delivering a unique and peaceful environment in which to live. The land transfer, together with a significant management fund, allows the area to be preserved to the benefit of the wider public, for generations to come.”
Councillor Michael McPake, Convener of the Environment and Transportation Committee at North Lanarkshire Council, said: “This is an exciting development for North Lanarkshire, as we take ownership of a beautiful area of land which will be a real asset for residents and visitors to enjoy the wildlife here.
“We plan to create a Local Nature Reserve at the site to protect the many species of birds, mammals, butterflies and insects that live in the woodland, water, reed beds and grassland. The work that Taylor Wimpey has carried out at the site is a great start, and we will continue to enhance the land as part of our greenspace asset and through our partnership with the Seven Lochs Wetland Park.”