Plans to build 73 flats in Paisley as part of a major development on the former Arnotts site have been recommended for approval ahead of a meeting tomorrow (Oct 27).
Link Housing Association is proposing to erect the affordable housing as part of the fourth phase of the site's redevelopment, after the department store was torn down a few years ago.
The planned development - which is bounded by Smithhills Street, Lawn Street, Abbey View and Weir Street - would consist of six blocks with 41 homes for social rent, 16 for older people and 16 for shared equity low-cost ownership.
Ten per cent of the flats will be completely wheelchair accessible.
Planning bosses have suggested the proposals be given the green light - subject to conditions - by the communities, housing and planning board, with members set to deliberate on the application tomorrow.
Two representations against the development have been issued, which claim existing commercial uses could impact upon it in terms of noise and odours.
In documents presented to the board, council chiefs said in support of the plans: "This proposal is phase four of the redevelopment of the former Arnotts site. The redevelopment of the site for residential purposes has been well established in principle, with new affordable residential units being located in close proximity to other uses found in this location.
"Consultation with the Environmental Protection Section concluded there were no objections raised against the proposal subject to conditions.
"The re-introduction of residential uses back into the town centre broadens the base for sustaining town centre uses, contributes to the vitality and viability of town centre activities and re-animates the town centre public realm, particularly at night.
"The proposals would secure the redevelopment of a prominent vacant site in the town centre in a manner which respects the character and appearance of the area and which has due regard to the setting of the listed buildings in the wider vicinity."
Link Group has also proposed the formation of roads and car parking provision to serve the development.
Vehicular access to the site is planned to be taken from Lawn Street, with path connections proposed across the development.
The virtual meeting of the communities, housing and planning board will take place at 1pm.