Renfrewshire Council

Regeneration and renewal plans for the Howard Street area

Plans for regenerating properties in the Howard Street area of Paisley.

Regeneration and renewal plans

The Howard Street area is one of the eight areas covered by our Housing-led Renewal and Regeneration Programme. You can see a map showing which addresses are covered by the programme below:

Map of the plans for Howard Street area [640KB]

The Howard Street area is centrally located, close to Paisley town centre, and very well connected with good access to services. The boundary approved for the Howard Street regeneration area has a total of 174 tenement flats, built in the 1930s, with 134 in council ownership and 40 privately owned.

The plans for the Howard St area will see improvements to the outside of 17 existing blocks, subject to owner agreement. This will make those homes more energy-efficient and help keep fuel bills down. This will in most cases include:

  • new roofs, including new roof trims, gutters and rainwater pipes, and the addition of solar panels;
  • external wall insulation;
  • new close doors, repainted closes, and repairs to stair treads;
  • new TV aerials;
  • (in some cases) new windows;

There will also be improvements to outdoor and common areas such as closes, back courts, bin stores and recycling facilities.

It has been agreed 11 blocks will be demolished, with potential for the cleared land to be used as a new community open space. This includes 55 council properties and 11 privately-owned dwellings. The addresses are:

  • 8-16 Howard Street
  • 35-43 McKerrell Street
  • 9 Ladyburn Street

Next steps and timeline

The estimated programme of works is as follows:

  • Early 2023 - work starts to improve existing properties and outdoor areas (as described above). We expect it will take around two years to complete this;
  • Early 2023 - demolition to start on the blocks listed above. We expect this will take around 18 months.
  • By 2025 - we expect all work to be complete.

Please note, as this is a long-term project, the timelines could be liable to change.

Throughout this time, we will be working with council tenants in blocks proposed for demolition to help them find another home elsewhere, and with the owners of those properties to help bring them into council ownership.

We will also be working with all residents over the years ahead on a neighbourhood plan for the area, to capture your views on the issues affecting the wider area, what you would like to see changed or improved, and how we and our partners can work together to deliver on that.


Previous consultation feedback

We carried out a consultation with tenants and residents of the Howard Street area in summer 2021, to capture views on our initial plans for the area. Tenants and residents were consulted on two options as detailed below.

  • Option 1 - to keep and improve all properties in the area;
  • Option 2 - selective demolition of some blocks, with all other blocks receiving improvements;

The key findings were:

  • 79% of council tenants and 67% of owners and private tenants said they broadly agreed with the proposals for the area;
  • 62% of council tenants said option 1 was their preference, and 38% preferred option 2;
  • 33% of owners and private tenants agreed some blocks should be demolished, while 17% disagreed, and 50% were unsure;
  • 58% of owners and private tenants said the blocks proposed for retention and investment should be retained;

This feedback showed there was some support for selective demolition and helped us identify 11 blocks (housing 66 properties) which were considered suitable for this - at 8-16 Howard Street, 9 Ladyburn Street and 35-43 McKerrell Street.

We did further consultation in February 2022 with the residents in those properties. Of 61 surveys issued, 38 responses were received (33 from council tenants and five from owners or private tenants). The results of that were:

  • 73% of council tenants and 60% of owners said they broadly agreed with the amended proposals (to demolish the properties);
  • 21% of council tenants did not agree with the amended proposals;
  • 6% of council tenants and 40% of owners said they didn't know if they agreed or not;

As a result of that, it was decided these properties should be demolished.


More info

We appreciate you may have questions over what happens next. Whether you are a tenant or an owner, there are options open to you - we want to help find the right one for you. You can read more information on your options in the link below:

Housing Regeneration and Renewal Programme - what it means for residents

If you have any other questions about any aspect of this programme, our team will be happy to answer them. You can contact us via the below:

Email: regeneration.hps@renfrewshire.gov.uk

Phone: Evonne McMahon on 07985 719 207 or Debbie McEniff on 07484062885.