By Monica Gibson

Plans to transform a former Barrhead work yard into new housing are being considered by council chiefs.

Barrhead man Paul Carolan wants to redevelop land at 56 Arthurlie Street into homes and parkland.

Formerly used as a council yard, the site – which measures more than 5,500 square metres – was decommissioned in 2015 and sold by East Renfrewshire Council (ERC) to Mr Carolan, who now wants to build three plots for houses. The plans also include green parkland which could be used as an amenities area.

A statement submitted in support of Mr Carolan’s planning application, by MG Architectural Services, outlined proposals to create plots on the western side of the site, backing onto existing properties in Crebar Drive.

Mr Carolan, of Burnbank Drive, hopes to use the largest of the three plots to build a house for his family, with two additional homes sold separately.

MG Architectural Services describes the site as “unused and unkempt”, adding that regeneration work will make it safer and present a better aspect for the surrounding neighbourhood.

The firm’s statement reads: “The site has an existing steel-clad industrial building, as well as the remaining base of a former steel portal-framed building.“The site has been neglected since the decommissioning process, which has led to the purchased site being overgrown and unsightly.”

Entry would be via an existing access at the north-west corner, which would be upgraded to adhere to ERC guidelines.

The internal access road would also be upgraded, and there would be additional parking and a turning point, in line with fire regulations.

MG Architectural Services stated: “The design of the proposed dwellings will be in line with the local authority’s design guidance. They will also be designed in line with the adjacent properties, incorporating the architectural features of the local area and materials used in surrounding properties.”