Renfrewshire Council

Renfrew Town Centre Simplified Planning Zone

The Simplified Planning Zone (SPZ) offers flexibility designed to help Renfrew's businesses to grow and adapt as well as encouraging new business opportunities to locate in the town centre.

The Renfrew Town Centre Simplified Planning Zone (SPZ) Scheme is adopted and available to view in the related content.

Notification Forms

In order to carry out work in line with the SPZ you will require the following notification forms:

  • Renfrew Town Centre SPZ - Pre-development Notification form
  • Renfrew Town Centre SPZ - Notification of Initiation of Development form
  • Renfrew Town Centre SPZ - Notification of Completion of Development form

These forms can be downloaded in the related content.

A list of the notifications submitted to the Council under the Renfrew Town Centre SPZ can be viewed  in the related documents section.

What is a Simplified Planning Zone?

A SPZ is an area where the need to apply for planning permission for certain types of development is removed so long as the development complies with the details and guidance set out in the Scheme.

The SPZ Scheme deals with the planning issues 'up front' and confirms what types of development, and how much, is allowed.

The SPZ for Renfrew Town Centre allows for certain changes of use, frontage alterations and other minor alterations.

New build development and extensions to existing properties is not included in the scheme.

Benefits 

This scheme which is the first Town Centre SPZ in Scotland is likely to result in benefits for developers, land owners, businesses and residents of Renfrew.

It offers savings in time, money and effort by removing the need for repetitive planning applications, covering the same range of planning issues.

There is also the prospect of the SPZ scheme being a promotional tool offering certainty on the types of developments that would be permitted, encouraging more investment to strengthen the offering within the town centre.

The Scheme offers flexibility to help Renfrew's businesses to grow and adapt as well as encouraging new businesses to locate in the town centre

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