Community-led affordable homes on the horizon for Glespin

Published: Tuesday 10 October 2023

This image shows a general view of the village of Glespin

A community-led housing survey is underway for the village of Glespin.

The survey is open until the end of this month (Tuesday 31 October) and will help shape an affordable housing proposal in the South Lanarkshire village.

Led by Glespin Community Group and supported by South of Scotland Community Housing (SOSCH), the project recognises affordable housing as a key element of providing a sustainable future for the former mining village.

The survey seeks a variety of views from local young people looking for their first home, to those relocating for work, those who require additional room for growing families, people wishing to downsize or those wishing to return to live in Glespin.

The survey will help define plans for community-led affordable homes, a community garden and community renewable energy project on the site of former housing land within the village.

Glespin Community Group received £3,000 funding for the survey from South Lanarkshire Council Renewable Energy Fund.

Alison Brown, Head of Enterprise and Sustainable Development at South Lanarkshire Council said, “South Lanarkshire Council is delighted to support the Glespin Community Group community-led housing survey funded via the Renewable Energy Fund. The project is part a wide suite of initiatives that are laid out in the Development Framework for the Hagshaw Energy Cluster: Planning for Net Zero which outlines how a more strategic and collaborative approach to renewable energy development can help the area achieve a Just Transition to Net Zero. Community ownership projects are a key element of this, alongside placemaking, low carbon, strategic investment and access initiatives, to name a few.”

Ashlay Smith, Glespin Community Group, said, “It’s an exciting time for Glespin and the surrounding communities. Regeneration within Glespin has been a hot topic for many years with the residents of Glespin, so it’s a great feeling to know we are now at the starting stages of being able to achieve this. It is vital that we get as much participation as possible from all locals to complete the short housing survey to build solid foundations for the development of the project.”

Mike Staples, Chief Executive, SOSCH said, “We are looking forward to supporting Glespin Community Group with their ambition to provide affordable housing for local needs, to ensure the continued vitality of the Glespin community. The housing survey, which will evidence housing need and demand, is the first step on this journey, and we encourage all those who live in Glespin, or wish to return to live in Glespin, to complete the short survey.”

South Lanarkshire Council Renewable Energy Fund grants are available for capital projects to constituted groups within a 10km radius of a participating renewable energy development.

Grants under £10,000 contributing up to 100% of eligible project costs are available under the Small Grant Scheme, while grants over £10,000 contributing up to 50% of eligible project costs are available under the Main Renewable Energy Fund.

Find out more by going to the Renewable Energy Fund page on the council website, or by contacting the South Lanarkshire Council Funding and Development Team by email

A number of local community benefits are already available, including Coalburn, Douglas and Glespin Community FundOrit Cumberhead Community Fund (Lesmahagow and Coalburn)Dalquhandy Coalburn FundScottishPower Renewables' Hagshaw Hill Windfarm Trust (Coalburn, Douglas, Glespin and surrounding area)South Lanarkshire Council Renewable Energy Fund and Spirit of Lanarkshire Wind Energy Coop (SOLWEC) Community Fund. Microgrants are also available from Community Councils/Tenants and Residents Associations.