Renfrewshire Council

Wallneuk development

£10m retail park set for Wallneuk redevelopment

Plans have been unveiled to transform Paisley's most prominent gap site at Wallneuk Road into a £10m state of the art retail park.

Retailers Lidl and The Range are in line to be the developments first anchor tenants, with developers London and Scottish Investments aiming to bring a similarly high profile brand to the one remaining unit.

Renfrewshire Council Depute Leader, Councillor Jim Paterson, visited the site which is set to provide Lidl with their first-ever outlet in Paisley and also welcome Canada's biggest coffee chain Tim Horton's to the area where it will operate a drive-through coffee shop. 

Councillor Paterson said: "These proposals for development at Wallneuk Road will bring a prominent gap site on the edge of the town centre back into use and provide a welcome boost to the retail offer across the town.

"We recognise the importance of Paisley town centre but the businesses coming into Wallneuk - such as Lidl - are looking for a larger footprint than the heart of the town centre can offer.

"However there is a lot happening to drive new footfall to town centre businesses by playing to Paisley's unique strengths - with the town's bid to be UK City of Culture part of a wider plan to use our heritage to change our future, including a £113m investment in town centre venues and infrastructure, making us a key destination for events and tourism.

"The development at Wallneuk will complement those ambitious plans and it is a vote of confidence for Paisley to see private sector investment coming into the town, bringing with it more jobs and more visitors to the area." 

The new retail park is set to create almost 200 new jobs, with over 100 long-term and secure retail posts and around 80 jobs in the year-long construction phase. The site will also contain around 400 car parking spaces

Bryan Wilson, the Development Director of London & Scottish Investments, who comes from Paisley and still lives in the town said: "I feel very privileged to have played a part in this development which will make a significant contribution to the local economy in my home town.

"As a team we also take great pride in being able to breathe new life into this very prominent gap site, which is one of the first places visitors see when coming in from the airport.

"That means instead of a vacant site, visitors will be greeted by a new and bustling retail development, well ahead of the huge interest which the UK City of Culture title will create if, as we all hope, Paisley's bid is successful".

It is hoped construction will start early next year with a target opening date of Spring 2019.