Renfrewshire Council

Royal Ordnance Factory Site Bishopton

The former Royal Ordnance Factory (ROF) is located to the south west of Bishopton.  

The site covers an extensive area and at 964 hectares is one of the largest brownfield sites in Scotland.  

The site is owned by BAE Systems and over the last century was used for the production of munitions.  

Manufacturing at the factory ceased in 1999 and planning consent is now in place for the remediation and redevelopment of the site as a new mixed use community growth area.

Development Overview 

In summary, the community growth area comprises:-

  • A residential development of some 2,600 homes
  • A 150,000 square metre business park of commercial and employment uses
  • A 450 hectare Community Woodland Park
  • Recreation and open space facilities, including parks and sports pitches
  • Community provision, including health and community centre facilities
  • Retail and Education provision, including a new village centre and primary school
  • Infrastructure, including a motorway junction, link roads, park and ride facilities.

A link to view an illustrative plan of the development proposals can be found in the related content as well as a masterplan framework and design code provide a broad overview of the proposed approach to delivery of the development.

Timescales and Phasing 

The development is anticipated to be delivered in four phases, over a long term timeframe of 15 to 20 years.  Works commenced at the site in 2012 and development is forecast to reach completion by 2033.  The anticipated phases are as follows. 

  • Phase 1:  2012 - 2017
  • Phase 2:  2018 - 2024
  • Phase 3:  2025 - 2029
  • Phase 4:  2030 - 2033

The timescales above are indicative and may vary on the basis of market conditions, an indicative phasing plan can be viewed in the related content.

Please use the following link to view a plan of the anticipated development phases.

Planning Obligations and Legal Agreement 

A legal agreement between the Council and BAE Systems under Section 75 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 identifies a range of planning obligations which are necessary to provide for implementation of the development.  The obligations are triggered by the number of house occupations on site. Details of the S75 can be found in the related content.

Key Planning Applications 

Outline planning consent for redevelopment of the site was granted on 10 August 2009 (Application ref. 06/0602/PP).  The application included a significant volume of supporting information relating to planning, transport, environmental and flooding issues.

Planning Permission in Principle for community uses to be located centrally within the new development was granted on 27 August 2013 (Application ref. 13/0374/PP).  This provides a framework for a new food store, commercial units, community building and park and ride facility.  Detailed design of the proposals will be subject of further applications.

In addition, a number of applications relating to the development of the site have been submitted by BAE Systems and residential developers in recent years.  Information relating to applications is available as they are being considered and can be accessed through the planning search function of this website. 

Once an application has been decided plans relating to applications are removed from the web site once a decision is made for privacy reasons. These plans can be inspected at the Customer Service Centre, Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley.  For more recent applications, a copy of the Report of Handling and the Decision Notice remains on the website. 

Current Activity 

The initial phases of development at the site are well advanced.  The first phase of remediation works are complete and a second phase is underway.  Initial infrastructure, in the form of northern and southern access roads to the site, are now in place.  The construction of a 'village centre' link road which provides the core route through the site, connecting with the access roads, is anticipated to be in place during 2016.  This will release plots within the site core, including the village centre. 

Work is also progressing in relation to the construction of the new motorway junction, with this currently anticipated to be in place during 2018.    

Planning consent is in place for 760 dwellings in the initial phase of development.  Four national house builders are currently developing sites to the north and south of the community growth area.

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