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Planning sought for transformation of former Johntone mill

September 16 2016

Planning sought for transformation of former Johntone mill
A former shoelace factory in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, is to be subject to a 3,200sq/m regeneration plan following the submission of detailed plans for the 10 acre site by 4th Developments and @SIPP.

Two retail warehouses and a drive through restaurant are envisaged in the first phase of work at the former Paton's Mill with the potential to include a restaurant and a riverside trail. Designed by Stallan-Brand these interventions will adopt a dark grey pallete with entrances delineated by wood detailing.

Claire Donaldson of 4th Consulting said: “The site has been in a distressed state for many years and the development masterplan will transform this gateway site into Johnstone. 

 “By opening up of the woodland area, enabling enable the history of the site to be preserved with information boards detailing the story of the mills, it will become an attractive stop off point for visitors and provides a short walkway into the town.

“We are delighted to be bringing an unoccupied site on this scale back into use and its redevelopment can only add to the local economy and we hope this will be catalyst for further regeneration in the Johnstone area.”

Demolition could commence early next year with completion anticipated by September 2018.


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#1 Posted by Amaze Balls on 16 Sep 2016 at 17:12 PM
Thank God the A-listed world's oldest machine factory that stood on the site 6 years ago was arsoned! It's obviously made it a lot easier and more profitable to develop the site into the incredible retail destination and car park proposed. And there's going to be a really good information panel as well as a drive through restaurant. It's going to be amazing. What a gateway to Johnstone!
#2 Posted by Clive on 19 Sep 2016 at 08:22 AM
it's OK, they're not buildings, they're 'interventions'.

I fail to see how a woodland walk is an "attractive stop off point", "enabling the history of the site to be preserved", when it is behind a Carpet warehouse and a B&Q, topped of with Mickey-D's, and another national brand 'family' restaurant, churning out microwave ready meals, with wait staff that cannot wait to sing Happy Birthday to you, accompanied by a tinny PA..
#3 Posted by Fiona on 19 Sep 2016 at 12:41 PM
A gateway to Johnstone - what, MacDonalds? This deeply saddens me - that the Council let the original factory fall into such a state of disrepair in the first place and that this proposal is so awful!

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