Renfrewshire Council

GAIA Project - Land Assembly

Renfrewshire Council's Communities, Housing & Planning Policy Board granted planning consent on 07 November 2017 for the main GAIA works. This consent covered the construction of a new high quality boulevard into the investment area through re-alignment of Abbotsinch Road as well as a new two-lane link bridge over the White Cart linking communities and development sites on the east of the river to the investment area.

To progress the project, which aims to create an internationally recognised centre for innovation, research and advanced manufacturing in Renfrewshire, creating thousands of new jobs and enable economic growth within Renfrewshire and the Glasgow City Region, the next steps include assembling the land required to construct the project.

The project team have been in regular dialogue with landowners regarding voluntary acquisition of the land required for the project and significant progress has been made in these discussions. In line with Scottish Government guidance, however, public sector projects are encouraged to use compulsory purchase orders, where necessary and appropriate, in parallel to the voluntary acquisition process to ensure the project benefits can be delivered to communities without delay.

Notices of the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) were therefore sent to all affected land owners, tenants etc. on 5th February 2018. The CPO will also be advertised in the Paisley Daily Express on 08 and 15 February 2018. The CPO will then be submitted to Scottish Government Ministers for confirmation. The CPO will only come into operation if confirmed by Scottish Government Ministers.

The project team will continue to seek voluntary agreements with landowners, as our preferred approach, in parallel with the CPO.

Copies of the Order (including Location Maps) and the Council's Statement of Reasons for Making the Order can be accessed from the 'related documents' section of this page. All signed copies of the CPO documentation can also be reviewed at the Customer Service Centre at Renfrewshire House.

Further information about CPOs is available on the Scottish Government website.

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