NEARLY 50 houses are being proposed for part of the former Tate & Lyle sugar refinery site in Greenock by businessmen Sandy and James Easdale.
The 5.2-acre elevated site on Drumfrochar Road was sold by property agents Bowman Rebecchi in October 2021 after the long-term vacant site closed in 1997.
Development plans have now been submitted by the brothers’ investment group Dalglen which purchased the site as part of their £800million countrywide property portfolio.
If approved by planners, the £15 million private housing development would feature 46 new homes, split across upper and lower levels.
A mixture of three-bed detached, and semi-detached properties is proposed, with the site stretching between M&J Timber and Wellington Park Bowling Club, beside the Wemyss Bay railway line.
Sandy Easdale said: “We have submitted this new proposal with the intent to create increased housing capacity and to continue to support the future economic prosperity of the Broomhill and Drumfrochar area.
“Other private housing developments close to the Drumfrochar site previously have proven to be extremely popular and have provided great family homes for locals and long-term ownership.
“We see no reason why this wouldn’t be the case with our site, and we expect this to be a highly popular development.”
The application has been prepared and submitted by the planning and design consultancy firm, Rebecchi Architectural.
James Easdale added: “The ongoing development and economic improvement of this part of Greenock is something we are deeply passionate about, and further supports our ongoing investment into nearby areas at Baker Street, Ingleston Street, and Orchard Street.
“We believe this is a fantastic opportunity to bring this historic site back to life while also creating much-needed homes for locals and creating further repopulation opportunities.”
The Easdales were new entries in this year’s Sunday Times Rich List, with their fortune, estimated at £1.4billion, made through transport and property.
Bowman Rebecchi has acted on behalf of the previous and current owners of the site, supporting with sales, acquisition, architectural and planning processes.
Dalglen is behind several major housing projects at Scottish sites, including the former IBM site in Greenock, the former Tullis Russell paper factory in Glenrothes, and a waterside housing development at Dumbarton, creating more than 3,000 new homes within the next decade.