Plan ap­proved after de­vel­op­ers go back to draw­ing board

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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.

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