Plans have been revealed for homes, shops and a restaurant to be build on at the former Paton’s Mill site in Johnstone.
Renfrewshire Council gave the go-ahead after they allowed the sale of the land to developers back in January 2012 after the historic building was destroyed by fire the previous year.
The land was acquired by 4th Developments (Johnstone) Ltd and @sipp (Pension Trustees).
In January 2012 Renfrewshire Council began a process to find a developer who would be able to review the site and identify any commercial uses for the land that could be positively redeveloped following significant fire damage in May 2010.
4th Developments said that the site presented a number of environmental challenges and the remains of the derelict fire-damaged structures were in a poor state of repair. Since acquiring the land they have completed a full review of the site and the existing structures, to assess their viability for retention.
The site extends to 10 acres, is bound by the Black Cart River to the north and Johnstone High Street to the East. Not all of the land is viable for development and the industrial uses in the past have prevented areas of the site being directly accessible to the community.
Public consultations took place in June 2016, ahead of the summer school holiday period to enable early feedback from the community ahead of the planning application submission.
Claire Donaldson of 4th Consulting, Project and Asset managers for the development said: “We have worked closely throughout the process with Renfrewshire Council and Historic Environment Scotland, so we are delighted with the Council’s decision to approve the full planning application.
“The Council’s decision allows us to proceed with phase one of our plans with demolition commencing early this year, with a view to the build programme being completed by September 2018.
“Bringing an unoccupied site on this scale back into use can only add to the local economy and we hope this will be a catalyst for further regeneration in the Johnstone area.”