Ministers to call in £90m Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project

An artist's impression of what the revamped Clyde Waterfront would look like
An artist’s impression of what the revamped Clyde Waterfront would look like

A £90 million proposal to regenerate the Clyde Waterfront is to be called in by the Scottish Government at the request of three local authorities to “streamline” the planning process.

The Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project aims to regenerate the waterfront as an area supporting residential, industrial, business, retail and leisure opportunities.

Led by Renfrewshire Council as part of the £1.13 billion Glasgow City Region City Deal, the project includes construction of the only opening road bridge across the River Clyde and new roads and cycle routes to better link the communities of Renfrew with Yoker and Clydebank.

‘Twin leaf’ designs for the bridge were unveiled by Falkirk Wheel architect Tony Kettle in July

Given the scale of the project, Renfrewshire Council has reached an agreement with West Dunbartonshire and Glasgow City Councils to request that the Scottish Government calls in the planning decision to streamline the process.

The Scottish Government has agreed to the request.

Renfrewshire Council leader, Iain Nicolson, said: “It’s right that the Scottish Government determine the planning application for the Glasgow City Region City Deal Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project following a request made by Renfrewshire Council in agreement with Glasgow and West Dunbartonshire.

“This is a unique infrastructure project which straddles across three local authorities and it helps simplify the process. The project has the potential for significant economic regeneration across the city region with increased potential for jobs and improved connections to opportunities for local communities and as such, this method of determination is the most effective approach.”

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The Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside will include:

  • A 184 metre, two-lane opening bridge across the River Clyde, linking Meadowside Street in Renfrew with Dock Street in Yoker and accommodating vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.
  • A 750 metre Renfrew North Development Road to link Meadowside Street to the A8 at Argyll Avenue in Renfrew.
  • New cycle lanes and connections to existing cycleways and active travel paths, connecting from Inchinnan Road, Renfrew through to Yoker Railway Station.
  • New bridge approach roads providing access to the River Clyde crossing from existing roads

  • Active travel routes of pedestrian walkways and cycle lanes incorporated into all new roads and bridges
  • Clyde waterfront regenration 3The Reporter appointed by the Scottish Government will outline the determination timetable and process to determine the planning applications.

    If approved, work is expected to start on site in 2018 with construction completed in 2020.

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