Renfrewshire Council

Regeneration and renewal plans for the Howwood Road area

Plans for regenerating properties in the Howwood Road Area of Johnstone

Regeneration and renewal plans

Howwood Road 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 here.

Map of the plans for Howwood Road [1MB]

The boundary proposed for the Howwood Road area has a total of 371 residential properties, 285 of which are council-owned and 86 privately-owned.

The plans for the Howwood Road area will see improvements to the outside of existing buildings, 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;
  • improvements to balconies
  • new TV aerials;
  • (in some cases) new windows;

There will also be improvements to outdoor areas such as gardens, bin storage and recycling facilities.

The area will be further transformed through at least two phases of new-build housing. The first will be on the site of the former Cochrane Castle primary school (our initial estimates suggest this site could take around 75 new affordable units). The second will be on the cleared site of existing homes between Craigbog and Highcraig Avenues.

The first phase of demolition will cover the following blocks (all west of Highcraig Avenue):

  • 1-23 and 41-47 Highcraig Avenue
  • 92-122 Dundonald Avenue
  • 211-289 Greenend Avenue

The second phase of demolition will cover these blocks (all east of Highcraig Avenue):

  • 1-47 Craigenfeoch Avenue
  • 52-90 Dundonald Avenue
  • 34-64 and 121-199 Greenend Avenue
  • 2-24 Highcraig Avenue

Council tenants who are being rehoused will have the right to be considered for the new-build homes.

We are currently looking into issues with drainage on the former St David's primary school site, as it may be possible to create a new improved open space for the area here.


Next steps and timeline

The estimated programme of works is as follows:

  • Late 2024 - construction starts on the first phase of new-build council homes on the former Cochrane Castle primary school site. We estimate this will take around two years;
  • Early 2025 - work starts to improve all properties being retained (as described above). We expect this will take around two to three years;
  • Late 2025 - the first phase of demolition (west of Highcraig Avenue) starts. We expect this will take around 18 months.
  • 2028 - the second phase of new-builds (on the site of the demolished homes listed above) starts. This should take around two years;
  • 2029 - the second phase of demolition (east of Highcraig Avenue) starts. We expect this will take around 18 months.
  • By 2031 - 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 Howwood Road area in summer 2021, to capture views on our initial proposals for the area.

From 356 surveys issued, a total of 163 were completed (127 from council tenants and 36 from private owners). The main findings were:

  • 70% of council tenants and 58% of owners and private tenants broadly agreed with the initial proposals;
  • 76% of council tenants and 56% of owners and private tenants agreed the blocks initially proposed for demolition should be demolished;
  • 63% of council tenants and 64% of owners said they agreed with the properties initially proposed for retention and investment;
  • 87% of council tenants said they would want to remain in the Howwood Road area;
  • 79% of council tenants agreed the row of shops on Highcraig Avenue should be demolished;
  • 83% said they would like to see new-build council housing in the area

Respondents were asked to provide any additional comments, and more than half said they felt the whole area should be rebuilt.

On the basis of that feedback, we identified 52 properties which were proposed to be retained in the initial plans but which were also deemed suitable for demolition (45 council homes and seven privately-owned). These were:

  • 1-23 Highcraig Avenue
  • 211-233 and 267-289 Greenend Avenue
  • 92-122 Dundonald Avenue

Further consultation took place with the residents in those properties in February 2022 on whether they agreed those properties be demolished. Officers were able to speak to 44 residents (39 council tenants and five owners/private tenants). The results of that were:

  • 33 council tenants and three owners/private tenants agreed with the updated proposals;
  • Five council tenants and two owners/private tenants felt the blocks in question should not be demolished;
  • One council tenant said they didn't know if they agreed or not with the amended proposal. 

As a result of that, it was decided the properties listed above should be added to the list for demolition.


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

We have a private Facebook group where residents of the Howwood Road regeneration area can keep in touch with our team. You can request to join that here but please be aware the group is only for residents of the properties covered by the programme.

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: Michelle Lockard on 07881 842905 or Neil McGavin on 07484 062886.