600 homes planned for land at Dykebar Hospital in Paisley
CALA, Barratt and Bellway Homes have outlined a blueprint for 600 new homes on the land at Dykebar Hospital in Paisley.
The Evening Times reported that the housebuilders have begun consulting with the public on the proposals which could see the arrival of the new development, known as Thornly Park Village.
A mixture of five-bedroom family homes to one-bedroom apartments are planned for construction on the site.
CALA, Barratt and Bellway Homes are calling upon supporters of the development to make their voices heard, as they highlight the need for new homes in the area.
Andrew Duncan, land director at CALA Homes West and spokesman for the developers, said: “We know from speaking to the residents of Paisley that it is a great place to live and we want our development to play a major role in the town’s ongoing regeneration and growth. Due to Paisley’s popularity, new homes are needed – not only for the current residents but for people who are attracted to live here for its location and sense of community. The council has recognised the need for new homes and this site has been allocated by them, as a preferred location for around 600 homes, as part of the council’s emerging local development plan.”
Within the plans for the development, builders have set aside 40% of the 93-acre site for recreational and open space. Such space would include central meadow, playgrounds, a football area and mature woodland through which new routes will be provided for residents. Footpaths would also connect Thornly Park Village to the town centre, the surrounding areas and countryside.
Only the ground surplus to the current operational needs of Dykebar Hospital would be developed, this would ensure that there would continue to be hospital facilities. The money raised from the sale would also be reinvested in the NHS.
Tom Steele, director of Estates and Facilities at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “It is our responsibility to ensure the delivery of a long-term viable use for the surplus land at Dykebar and the proposed development by this consortium of well-respected housebuilders offers a solution that addresses Paisley’s housing shortage with a wide range of good quality accommodation whilst retaining and improving the attractive woodland setting of the site.”
The developers believe that their plans support the council’s regeneration by contributing an estimated £160 million to the local economy and will support 385 jobs per year during construction.
A drop-in consultation event was held on Tuesday 10th September at Hunterhill Community Centre which allowed local residents and members of the public to meet the developers and discuss the plans.