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Bishopton sticks to its guns

December 16 2008

Bishopton sticks to its guns
One of Europe’s largest brown field sites, the former Royal Ordnance factory at Bishopton, will see massive mixed use development after plans by RedRow and BAE Systems were green lighted by Renfrewshire Council.

An outline planning application calls for the creation of 2,500 homes, a business park, woodland and public amenities.  This community will be served by a new motorway junction off the A8/M8 which was granted detailed consent.

Concerns had been raised over the high level of contamination across the former munitions site but councillors were swayed by the promised remediation measures in addition to the projected population and business growth forecasts.

Plans for the site have been drawn up by Cass Associates who have prepared the initial regeneration strategy for the 950ha munitions site.

The land has been subject to a chequered planning history, most recently in 2006 when the Scottish Executive ordered a review of contamination issues and the wider impact of the development.  The development team came back all guns blazing however and the proposals are now back on track.

It is anticipated that the site will not be fully transformed until 2023.

The Glasgow and Clyde Valley Joint Structure Plan identifies the Bishopton site as suitable for residential and business development.

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