Renfrewshire Council

GAIA Masterplan

Glasgow Airport Investment Area

The Glasgow Airport Investment Area has the potential to become a powerhouse of economic growth for Renfrewshire and the Glasgow City Region; being close to the M8, and to key commercial sites with significant economic growth potential such as the Airport, Westway and Inchinnan Business Parks, Paisley and Renfrew town centres.

GAIA artists impressions To realise that potential, this £39.1m project will deliver the realignment of Abbotsinch Road, a new bridge across the White Cart and new cycle routes; all  aimed at improving connections between the Westway, Inchinnan and Airport Business Parks and as an enabler for the delivery of an internationally recognised district for innovation, research and manufacturing centered around the airport.

As well as enabling the continued growth and expansion of the Airport and surrounding businesses, this investment in infrastructure will help to make Renfrewshire a more attractive, vibrant and sustainable place to live and work by better connecting communities and businesses; resulting in more employment opportunities for residents in Renfrewshire and the wider City Region.

Extensive engagement at each stage of the project allowed the input of local people to guide the development of the project. This has also demonstrated strong public support for the project, with the latest feedback surveys showing 94 per cent of respondents are behind the Glasgow Airport Investment Area project. See our 'Public Exhibition' articles for further details including the information displayed at these events which included the following video showing how the new infrastructure and potential future developments could look.

Work is expected to start on site in 2018 with construction complete in 2020.

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Planning consent for the main GAIA works was granted on 7th November 2017. This consent permits the construction of a new high quality boulevard into the new AMIDS campus through the re-alignment of Abbotsinch Road as well as a new two-lane link bridge over the White Cart linking communities and development sites on the east of the river to the innovation district. The other planning application for the GAIA project, comprising the Inchinnan Cycleway and a new cycle bridge over the Black Cart, continues to be processed.

You can view these Planning Applications on the planning authorities planning portal. Further information on how to do this including links to these portals can be found in the 'Planning Applications' related article.

A planning permission in principle application was also submitted in June 2018 to address common planning, environmental and statutory requirements for the site, with the aim of streamlining the process for potential developers.

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