Renfrewshire Council

GAIA Project - Black Cart Cycleway Land Assembly

Renfrewshire Council's Communities, Housing & Planning Policy Board granted planning consent on 22 August 2018 for a new cycleway and pedestrian bridge over the Black Cart. This provides consents for the construction of a new shared footway and cycleway between Abbotsinch Road and Greenock Road via a new pedestrian / cycle bridge over the Black Cart Water, together with associated landscaping and ancillary infrastructure. 

To progress the project, which aims to provide the infrastructure for an active travel route connecting to the planned internationally recognised district for innovation, research and advanced manufacturing - The Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS), the next steps include assembling the land required to construct the project. The project is being funded as part of the Glasgow City Region City Deal, including the Glasgow Airport Investment Area (GAIA). Whilst linked to the remaining City Deal projects, it is a discrete project in its own right and is not inter-dependent on the remaining City Deal infrastructure projects.

The enabling infrastructure has already been successful and attracted major investments with the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland (NMIS) confirmed as the anchor, the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre (LMC) as an early phase of NMIS and the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre for the UK (MMIC).

The project team have been in regular dialogue with landowners regarding voluntary acquisition of the land required for the project and 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 12th December 2018. The CPO will also be advertised in the Paisley Daily Express on 14 and 21 December 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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