Why Broomhouse is not part of Uddingston
The concept of geographic elasticity has been carefully cultivated by housebuilders and estate agents for many decades. Describing a property as being somewhere other than in its exact location doesn’t just sound good in marketing literature – it can add tens of thousands of pounds to its eventual selling price. Consider the Millennial new-build developments in Castlemilk, which were falsely marketed as being in the rural village of Carmunnock, even though they were surrounded by post-war social housing and a 20-minute walk from the nearest Victorian villa.
A similar (if less extreme) phenomenon has been taking place over the last couple of decades with the Glasgow suburb of Broomhouse. Occupying hillside land where Glasgow Zoo once stood, a quirk of Royal Mail mapping gave this east end district the same G71 postcode as Uddingston and Bothwell, despite a considerable gap between the two. As a result, new and resale homes at Broomhouse have been (and still are being) advertised as part of Uddingston, when they’re quite clearly not.
For anyone unfamiliar with Uddingston’s geography, we would encourage you to read our “A tale of two counties” blog here. This outlines how Uddingston fits in between Broomhouse to the west, Bothwell to the south and Bellshill to the east. And while there are no “Welcome to Broomhouse” signs along the A721, there are several good reasons why Broomhouse is not part of Uddingston:
Broomhouse falls within the boundaries of Glasgow City Council, reflecting its historic status as a suburb of Glasgow and the former home of Glasgow Zoo. By contrast, the Lanarkshire town of Uddingston is split between South Lanarkshire (the village) and North Lanarkshire (Calderbraes, Tannochside, Viewpark).
As such, Broomhouse has completely different administrative and catchment areas. Teenagers attend schools in the east end of Glasgow rather than the acclaimed Uddingston Grammar, patients are directed to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde hospitals rather than NHS Lanarkshire ones, and so forth.
While Uddingston and Bothwell form a continuous conurbation along the M74, there is over a mile of open countryside and motorway flyovers separating the southernmost street in Broomhouse and the northernmost street in Calderbraes. Uddingston Cross is 2.4 miles from the nearest parts of Boghall Road and Muirhead Road in Broomhouse.
Although Broomhouse shares no boundaries with Uddingston other than postal ones, it neighbours Baillieston. Many of the homes here are within a stone’s throw of Baillieston Station, and the nearest shops are located at the northernmost end of Muirhead Road. As such, they’re far closer than the stores and cafes along Uddingston’s Main Street.
The redevelopment of the old Glasgow Zoo site has created hundreds of much-needed homes in an attractive and wooded hillside location. The homes themselves are well-designed by acclaimed housebuilders, there’s plenty of open space dotted around, and Broomhouse compares favourably to other sprawling dormitory estates at Newton and elsewhere in Baillieston. However, Broomhouse is not part of Uddingston, and it never will be. It’s important for anyone considering moving to Broomhouse to realise this, before smooth-talking agents persuade them they’re actually moving to Uddingston…