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Boost for Clydebank regeneration scheme

Words: Roger Milne

Proposals to convert a derelict shipyard in Clydebank into a housing and retail development have taken a major step forward.

West Dunbartonshire Council has announced plans to invest more than £15 million in preparing John Brown’s shipyard for development.

The shipyard was famous for building the QE2 and Queen Mary.

It closed 30 years ago and most of the site - now known as Queens Quay - has been derelict for decades.

The site was bought by private firm Clydeside Regeneration in 2004, but the owners were unable to attract the investment to fund necessary infrastructure works, which the council will now pay for.

The investment should help unlock plans for more than 1,000 homes, a retail unit, a hotel, a care home, a health centre and a new boulevard.

The scheme has a £250 million price tag. Under a new agreement the council will fund the repair of quay walls and create a new road layout. In return, the council will recoup its investment from a share of any future land sales at the site.

The works are expected to start early next year, with completion scheduled for early 2018.

West Dunbartonshire Council leader Martin Rooney said: “This landmark deal will create a once-in-a-generation opportunity for regenerating the town and bringing major investment into West Dunbartonshire.”