Plan approved after developers go back to drawing board
Homes could still be built on the grounds of historic houses that were ravaged by fire after architects were forced back to the drawing board.
Bellside Development has submitted fresh proposals for the land linked to Paisley’s threadmaking industry.
It was forced to axe its previous blueprints for Hunterhill Road after planners warned against the designs.
Fraser Carlin, head of housing and planning for Renfrewshire Council, approved the changes that were revealed in a report to councillors.
He said: “The application seeks planning permission for the erection of a residential development comprising 18 flats with associated access, parking and landscaping on a vacant site at the corner of Hunterhill Road and Ardgowan Street.
“The site was previously occupied by two detached houses and extends to approximately 0.34 hectares.
“The proposed layout comprises two T-shaped blocks arranged over three stories, with nine flats in each block.
“It should be noted a previous application was withdrawn after the planning authority sought changes to the design and finish of the flatted blocks.
“An amended design and finish was prepared and now forms the basis of the current application.
“The design and finish of the buildings has been improved following the withdrawal. The buildings will be predominantly finished in white render, with stone effect render at the groundfloor level. The roof will be finished in slate effect tiles, with additional detailing, such as gable cross features, chimneys, gable skews, roof dentils and a concrete stringer course, incorporated to add interest and identity.”
The firm wants to build on grounds once owned by members of the Coats family.
Each flat will boast a lounge, dining and kitchen space, bathroom and two bedrooms, one with an en-suite.
The company insists the buildings would have a “distinctive character”, a “modern and fresh- looking” finish and 20-space car park.
Neighbours watched in horror as the derelict homes on the site went up in flames last May.
The blaze ripped through a two-storey mansion at 2am before spreading.
Neighbours told how they saw smoke billowing from the property as crews worked to extinguish the flames.
The damage wrecked the main house, with the roof collapsing from the heat.
Fire chiefs were told a gang of youngsters had been seen hanging around the area.
A mountain of blonde sandstone from the demolished house was saved.
West Coast Reclamation, in nearby Underwood Road, took on the job of selling 20 tonnes of materials left behind.