CUNNINGHAME Housing Association (CHA) have provided assurances that a housing development in Stevenston will still go ahead.

It comes after a member of the public brought concerns to the Herald that the Garven Road development plans had been halted.

They said that the plans for 20 new houses at the site of the former Ardeer Primary School in Stevenston had been removed from the 'future developments' section of the housing association's website.

CHA first revealed the plans back in July of last year when the held a community consultation about the proposed development.

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The old primary school site has lain derelict since it was demolished in the 1980's.

However, the site - sandwiched between Garven Road and Morris Moodie Avenue - is designated for housing in North Ayrshire Council’s local development plan and planning permission was previously granted in 2007 for the erection of 19 terraced homes, with further consent given in 2009 for 20 houses.

CHA lodged plans with North Ayrshire Council to build 20 new homes in the area back in September after they took ownership of the land.

These were approved in November and would see 18 two-storey houses and two bungalows - including one wheelchair-accessible property - built at the old school site.

However, concerns were raised when with no progress made at the site at present, and when the development was removed from their website.

However, CHA have said that it is not the case that the development has been axed.

They told the Herald that they have submitted a funding application with the Scottish Government - which is yet to be approved.

They say that if funding is given the granted, this is when progress will be made.

A CHA representative said: “Following a public consultation event held in July 2022, CHA secured planning consent for the development of 20 homes on the site at Garven Road Stevenston.

"The association has since submitted the project to the Scottish Government for funding approval and a decision is yet to be received on whether we can proceed as planned.

"If funding is approved, the development will be added to the Associations website and news added to our social media platforms.”

It was not made clear what their plans would be should this application be rejected.