Renfrew is about to become Scotland’s first town centre Simplified Planning Zone. Following a consultation with residents, businesses and community groups in the town, councillors agreed to the innovative scheme at the Planning and Property Policy Board on 25th August.
The Simplified Planning Zone (SPZ) will allow town centre businesses and property owners to enhance their property without the need for a formal Planning Application. It will encourage investment and support growth in the town centre.
The community of Renfrew also has the chance to influence future priorities in their area by taking part in the consultation on the draft Town Centre Strategy.
This sets out a long term vision that builds on Renfrew’s strengths and looks at the potential for future enhancement. The council will welcome the views of the local community to verify the strategy.
Renfrew will also benefit from the £78 million Renfrew Riverside investment which will build a bridge and new road connections between the town and Yoker. The project is part of the Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal which will also includes the jobs-boosting development of the Airport Investment Zone and a new surface link between Glasgow City Centre and the Airport.
Councillor Terry Kelly, Convener of the Planning and Property Policy Board said: “These are exciting times. The Simplified Planning Zone will help Renfrew Town Centre to make the most of City Deal investments; creating growth, job opportunities and a bright future for the town.
“I ask Renfrew’s residents and businesses to take part in the Town Centre Consultation to ensure that all this investment and positive change delivers the best possible outcomes for the local community.”
Copies of the draft strategy can found at Renfrew Library or Renfrewshire Council’s Customer Contact Centre, Cotton Street, Paisley. Residents can also find it online atwww.renfrewshire.gov.uk/towncentrestrategies.
To make a suggestion about the future of Renfrew Town Centre, request a copy of the draft strategy or for further information, residents can email [email protected] or call 0300 300 0144. The consultation will close at 5.00pm, on the 6 November 2015