A RESIDENTIAL village for people aged over 55 could be built on the Caldwell Estate under new plans.

Caldwell Developments Ltd has submitted a proposal of application notice to East Renfrewshire Council for the land near Uplawmoor.

If the plans progress, the at-risk Caldwell House, and former Keeper’s House, would be restored and converted as part of a residential development.

A new-build is also included in the proposals, which suggest independent and assisted living houses and flats would be built.

The notice submitted to the council states consultation events will be held online on Thursday, June 25, and Thursday, August 27.

It also reveals a care home, reception, offices, meeting room, café, kitchen, gym, shop and hair and beauty salon could be included in a major development.

Designed by architect Robert Adam, the building was initially the family home of William Mure of Caldwell and was converted into a hospital by the Govan District Health Board in 1927.

It was later used as a children’s home until 1985 and, in 1995, a fire caused part of the roof to collapse.

Geddes Consulting, the agent acting on behalf of Caldwell Developments Ltd, states it is following Scottish Government guidance “to allow online community consultation events to replace public events on an interim basis” during the coronavirus pandemic.

Exhibition material will be prepared for the two events. “This exhibition will be uploaded onto the Geddes website with a chat room hosted for a four-hour period (4pm to 8pm), during which time answers will be provided to any questions raised,” the notice adds.

An online feedback questionnaire will be available to download and be completed by members of the public.

The first public event will “focus on the development concept rather than the details of the proposal”, explaining the retirement village.

“It will highlight the initial findings from the ongoing site appraisal process, identifying opportunities and constraints along with any baseline survey findings.”

‘Ball-park’ costs to restore Caldwell House and the former Keeper’s House as well as the wider estate will also be discussed.

The notice adds: “It will highlight the list of benefits that development will bring for the surrounding neighbours and the wider community.”

More details and design principles will be discussed at the second public event.