Colossal railfreight complex is given green light in Mossend

The first construction phase of Mossend International Railfreight Park has been granted planning permission.

By Clare Grant

The first construction phase of Mossend International Railfreight Park near Bellshill has been granted planning permission.

The site, near Reema Road Industrial Estate, is in excess of 50 hectares and the first phase will result in the construction of eight new rail sidings with a pair of electric overhead gantries, three gatehouses, a transit building, a building for HGV and train drivers, communication building, power storage, a container laydown area, parking for HGVs with 20 hectares of woodland and paths proviing a buffer zone between the site and residences in North Bellshill and Hattonrigg.

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This first phase will also require building of two access roads between the A8 and M8.

The proposals attracted 23 letters of representation including one from Bellshill Community Council which highlighted concerns over traffic, noise, environmental concerns, flood risk, vibration damage to homes, impact on archaeology and property value but the report presented to Thursday’s planning committee addressed all of these.

Councillors unanimously agreed to grant planning permission, subject to conditions, as per the original recommendations in the report.