New powers for Renfrewshire Council would force sale of eyesore derelict buildings and land New powers for Renfrewshire Council would force sale of eyesore derelict buildings and land
A Renfrewshire councillor has welcomed new powers that will allow Renfrewshire Council to force the sale of derelict buildings and land from their owners.... New powers for Renfrewshire Council would force sale of eyesore derelict buildings and land

A Renfrewshire councillor has welcomed new powers that will allow Renfrewshire Council to force the sale of derelict buildings and land from their owners.

Announced by Planning Minister Kevin Stewart this would allow councils across Scotland to use Compulsory Purchase Orders to take eyesore derelict sites and vacant land to auction.

Councils could target empty homes, abandoned shops, derelict hotels and gap sites if they are seen to be causing harm to local communities, such as by becoming a focus of anti-social behaviour.

It was confirmed that the orders will be introduced by 2021 after proposals are drawn up by the Scottish Land Commission.


Our photo shows (Left to Right) Mags and Kenny MacLaren and MP Mhairi Black outside the derelict former TA Hall in Paisley’s High Street

Councillor Kenny MacLaren, SNP Paisley Northwest, said: “This is good news for local councils and communities.

“There are many sites across Paisley and Renfrewshire which would benefit from such action and I’m sure many residents and communities would support this new power.

“For too long developers have held onto historic properties and sites, letting them deteriorate year after year and eventually simply destroying essential parts of Paisley’s history – such as the Half Time School.

“It is disappointing that councils won’t have these powers until 2021 but at least that should give developers time to get their act together, knowing that councils will not be afraid to use these new powers when they become available.

The former TA Hall in Paisley’s High Street and the former RAI buildings are a concern for many local buddies and once these new powers are in place I would be encouraging the council to act as swiftly as possible for some action on this site. I am sure there are many other sites which would also benefit from such action.”


Photo: Inside former TA building, view on to High Street/University
Photo Credit: David Cameron

Inside former TA building Photo Credit: David Cameron
Photo: Inside former TA building
Photo Credit: David Cameron