Advanced planning permission zone at Renfrewshire business park moves closer

Westway business parkCouncillors have agreed to progress with plans to create a Simplified Planning Zone (SPZ) at a Renfrewshire business park.

The move would effectively grant planning permission in advance for certain types of development specified within Westway Park.

Any developments within an SPZ are well controlled to ensure that good standards of design and quality are met and that the zone is developed appropriately.

Westway Park is already workplace to 2,500 people and has growth plans that are expected to create a further 1,000 jobs.

Park owner Moorfield Group said the SPZ will contribute to the park’s masterplan to attract a further 1,000 jobs to the site.

Councillor Terry Kelly, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s planning and property board, said: “This SPZ is an enterprising move for Westway and for the council. It will encourage business to locate and grow in the area; creating jobs and further economic success. We appreciate Westway’s commitment to Renfrewshire and are pleased to be able to support the park’s development plans.”

Mark Holmes from Moorfield Group said: “This is another exciting move for Westway. Our SPZ will definitely support our ongoing marketing and growth plans. We already offer a prime business location with easy access to the airport, the motorway and, of course, our own dock. The SPZ and City Deal investments will add even more to our offer. Renfrewshire Council is leading the way with innovative planning strategies and has been tremendously effective in supporting our growth strategy. We look forward to working closely with the council on all these projects.”

Westway’s commercial offer will also be enhanced by the City Deal infrastructure investments planned for Renfrewshire. It is part of the Glasgow Airport Area Investment Area project designed to link the Airport, Inchinnan and Westway business parks with a new bridge, roads, paths and cycleways.

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