Renfrewshire Council

GAIA Project - Black Cart Cycleway Land Assembly Update

Update 17 June 2019: Confirmation of Order

The Scottish Ministers confirmed the Compulsory Purchase Order on 24 May 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 24 May 2019 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 22 August 2018 for a new cycleway and pedestrian bridge over the Black Cart. This  consent covered 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 was then submitted to Scottish Government Ministers for confirmation.  There were no objections to the CPO and the Scottish Ministers have now confirmed the CPO. The confirmation of the CPO is being advertised in the Paisley Daily Express on 14 June 2019 and the CPO comes 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 which will enable the construction project to proceed.

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

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

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