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Mixed use plan floated for site of former Johnstone mill

June 1 2016

Mixed use plan floated for site of former Johnstone mill
The site of the former A-listed Paton’s Mill, Johnstone, is set to play host to a range of commercial uses following the submission of a proposal of application notice by @Sipp Pension Trustees.

Gutted by fire in 2009 and subsequently demolished the site was acquired by @Sipp in 2011 following a search by Renfrewshire Council to find a suitable developer to take on the 10 acre plot.

Stallan Brand has been instructed to prepare a site-wide land use plan for the former shoe lace factory as part of a strategic plan for land bounded by the High Street and Black Cart river.

Claire Donaldson of 4th Consulting, asset and project managers for the pension fund said: “The proposed plans for the site include a mixed use development which will provide access for the community to a previously inaccessible area. We want to open up the stretch along the river to provide safe access for anglers, a potential link to the cycle path and a heritage path which will tell the story of the former mill.

“The plans also include a potential family leisure destination adjacent to the river and access to the community woodland together with food and non-food retail units, including drive thru, will also provide a stop off point for cyclists using the Sustrans link. There’s also provision for up to 20 new homes.”

A public consultation is expected later this month ahead of a formal planning application.


Big Chantelle
#1 Posted by Big Chantelle on 1 Jun 2016 at 11:35 AM
"Gutted by fire in 2009 and subsequently demolished "

Aye, how convenyent.

God forbid a building wae a nice traditional aesthetic shood be allowed tae stand. Gee, a wunder wit the new buildin(s) will look like -- white render and zinc clad anywan?

Ach well, Johnstone will be getting a new drive thru. That'll make up fur it. But like you lot, am pure excited to see if it's a Mickey Dees wan or maybe a cosmopolitan coffee wan. The stuff ae dreamz.
#2 Posted by polis on 1 Jun 2016 at 13:21 PM
According to the fire officers and police, the building was destroyed beyond repair as a result of a fire that was started by local neds and vandals who were burning off the copper wire insulation in the building to extract the metal.
Not so "convenient" after all!
Big Chantelle
#3 Posted by Big Chantelle on 1 Jun 2016 at 13:52 PM
There ya go 'polis' in post #2 refusing tae acshully read wit I said.

If a fire, fur witevur reason destroyed the building, in hale or in part, then why can't a replica be rebuilt. Why no? The buildin hud international significance.

That wiz ma point.The convenience fur the cooncil that they can now get some cheap 'regenershun' done by cheapo property developers without the 'drag' ae huvvin tae spend money carefully convertin a historic building. So why can't it be rebuilt? If thur wiz nae fires, and thur shouldnae huv been, then the building would still be thur.It was an A-listed building afteraw.

That's ma point Polis. Understand it noo?

P.S. there wiz several fires at the complex over a few years. No just wan. I guess Johnstone suffers fae Glesga 'spontaenous fire' syndrome tae. Winkity wink.
Islands of sanity
#4 Posted by Islands of sanity on 3 Jun 2016 at 13:48 PM
Patons also closed their 11 acre Alloa Kilncraigs site in 2001 and the vandals were getting in. At least this time, the two Category A listed buildings were saved (LDN) and a new major axial boulevard created to the 1996 restored Alloa Tower ( Heath Architects ). Rest of site is Tesco (Manson architects ) but this was a necessary evil to unlock the "heritage zone."
#5 Posted by Terra on 6 Jun 2016 at 02:12 AM
Such a shame about the old building. Maybe they could build something similar? Instead of a modernist nightmare? Nothing against modernism per se but the likely hood of a tasteful modern building is pretty low. They should probably just turn the area into a park, some nice landscaping. How many parks does Johnstone have?
Rick Vassie
#6 Posted by Rick Vassie on 21 Aug 2020 at 13:55 PM
The site is Alloa was owned by Coats, different Company, than Patons of Johnstone, I got a tour of Patons before it closed, it's a great shame it's gone. Imagine what could have been done with the site, had it been saved.

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