Keppie Planning and Development was appointed by Carillion PLC in March 2009 to assist in their bid to Scottish Prison Service for the construction of a new prison facility at the site of the former HMP Low Moss, Bishopbriggs. Carillion PLC was appointed as the preferred bidder in May 2009 and Keppie Planning and Development was subsequently appointed to obtain detailed planning permission for the facility.
Working as key members of the Carillion project team, Keppie Planning and Development provided town planning advice to ensure that Conditions associated with a previous Outline Planning Permission obtained by the Scottish Prison Service could be appropriately satisfied by the Carillion scheme. The project team required to work within the constraints of such Conditions but also achieve a facility which was compliant with the safety and security requirements set by the Prison Service. The design of the building also required to be of particularly high quality, creating an excellent working environment for all staff. In July 2009, three Reserved Matters Applications were submitted to East Dunbartonshire Council in order to discharge outstanding Reserved Matters from the Outline Consent.
It was agreed to submit three applications as opposed to one in order to spread the risk associated with the project. Keppie Planning and Development prepared a Supporting Planning Statement to accompany the submission and worked with the Council's Planning Department to ensure the applications were afforded the full support of the Council. A public exhibition was also held during the determination period to keep the local community informed of the proposals.
East Dunbartonshire Council approved two of the Reserved Matters Applications by delegated powers in September and October 2009. The final application was approved by committee members in November 2009. The development is scheduled to start on site in spring 2010 and be operational by 2011 / 2012.