Paisley proceeds with town centre first strategy
March 19 2020
Vacant council offices in Paisley have been earmarked for high amenity flats in Renfrewshire Council’s latest push to re-densify the town centre.
The B-listed Kelvin House on Forbes Place enjoys open aspects across the White Cart River but has lain disused since 2009 following the departure of social work staff.
Now the authority is looking to offload the site to developer Nixon Blue which already owns the adjacent plot, site of the now demolished Institute nightclub.
Approved plans drawn up by Vellow Wood to turn this into 36 flats and a restaurant are already in place, with the hope that this can be extended to take in adjoining properties subject to planning.
Councillor Cathy McEwan said: "Earlier this year, the council unveiled A Vision for Paisley 2030 - which imagined what the town centre could look like in a decade - and central to that was the idea of new town centre living bringing life back to Paisley by helping drive new footfall to the surrounding traders.
"The initial proposals for this site are an example of how that Vision could be delivered on over the years ahead, and the various other town centre housing developments we've seen in recent years are proof Paisley is now recognised by the private sector as on the up and a great place to invest.”