Renfrewshire Council

GAIA Project - Land Assembly Update

Update 29 March 2019: Confirmation of Order

The Scottish Ministers confirmed the Compulsory Purchase Order with modifications on 14 March 2019. Copies of the following documents can be accessed from the 'Related documents' section of this page:

  • A copy of the Order as confirmed along with the Maps referred to therein
  • A copy of the Scottish Ministers' Decision Letter dated 14 March 2019 (which gives details of the modifications to the Order) can also be accessed from the 'Related documents' section of this page;
  • and a copy of the Compulsory Purchase of Land (Scotland) Regulations 2003.

Copies of the above mentioned documents can also be viewed at the Council's offices at Renfrewshire House, Customer Service Centre, Cotton Street, Paisley PA1 1AN and may be seen there without payment of fee on business days between the hours of 8.45 am to 4.45 pm Monday to Thursday and 8.45 am to 3.55 pm on Fridays.

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.

The Council made a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) in February 2018, serving Notices on all affected land owners, tenants etc and advertising the CPO in the Paisley Daily Express. The CPO was then submitted to Scottish Government Ministers for confirmation. The Scottish Ministers have now confirmed the CPO with modifications. The confirmation of the CPO is being advertised in the Paisley Daily Express on Friday 29th March 2019 and the CPO will come into operation on that date. Notices are also being served on all affected landowners, tenants and occupiers.

The Council will proceed to make arrangements to complete title to the land covered by the CPO as well as completing any voluntary agreements for the acquisition of land. This will enable the construction project to proceed.

Copies of the Order (including Location Maps) as confirmed can be accessed from the original ' GAIA Project - Land Assembly' page.

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

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