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A planning application has now been lodged to create 605 new homes on surplus land at Dykebar Hospital.

The new development will retain around 40% of the 95 acre site as open space for residents and the wider community to enjoy. Plans include a meadow at the heart of the development as well as a football kick about pitch and play areas for children. New footpaths will connect the site with both the surrounding urban area and the countryside adjoining the site.

Andrew Duncan, Land Director of CALA Homes West said: “Paisley has become a very popular place to live, not only with current residents but also with people who are attracted to live in the town for its location and sense of community. The Council has recognised the need for more homes and this site has been allocated by them, as a preferred location for around 600, as part of the Council’s emerging local development plan.”

A range of homes is proposed from one bedroom apartments to five bedroom detached family homes – creating a mixed community of all ages and households.

Andrew  added: “We have been consulting with the community on this proposal for 18 months and in total, more than 500 people have engaged with us at events and on social media and 60% of the feedback forms we received support the need for new homes in Paisley.

“Supporters include young families who want to stay in Paisley but can’t find suitable homes. We also know that local businesses are keen to benefit from the estimated £7 million a year, residents would spend on goods and services.

“The consortium understands that the additional homes will trigger the need for more amenities such as schools and that it is our responsibility to contribute to the provision of these resources. Therefore, we are currently working with the experts at Renfrewshire Council, who are best placed to identify the increased resources required.

“In addition, the new homes will generate over £1million a year in Council Tax to be spent on local services.”

Tom Steele (Director of Estates and Facilities) of NHS GGC said: “Dykebar will continue as an operational hospital, retaining jobs and services, however, it is our responsibility to ensure the delivery of a long-term viable use for the surplus land at Dykebar and the sale of the land to the consortium for the proposed development would generate much needed funds, which will be reinvested in NHS Services.”

The homes will contribute significantly to Renfrewshire’s housing requirement and supports the Council’s regeneration and growth proposals for Paisley by contributing around £160m to the economy and supporting 385 jobs per annum during construction.  CALA, Barratt and Bellway Homes are all committed to supporting economic growth in Renfrewshire by ensuring that local people and businesses benefit from the investment.

Andrew Duncan continued: “We appreciate that people living closest to new developments sometimes have concerns and we are committed to addressing these through our work with the Council but we also know that there is a wider interest in new homes from existing residents and beyond and that this development can play a role in Paisley’s ongoing regeneration