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Published 20 December 2017

Councillors have unanimously approved plans for a new energy centre to be built at Queens Quay in Clydebank.

In a key milestone for the project, West Dunbartonshire Council’s Planning Committee this morning agreed to grant planning permission for the energy centre – which will power the ambitious District Heating Network from the site of the former John Brown’s shipyard. The network is part of a wider £250million regeneration of the area and will see water extracted from the River Clyde through heat pumps and directed to businesses and homes via insulated pipes to be used for heating.

Construction of the energy centre is now expected to commence in early 2018, with the network being commissioned and generating heat by the end of the year. It will serve the entire Queens Quay site and beyond, making Clydebank the greenest town in Scotland.

Up to 200 rented homes are being developed on the site by registered social landlords as well as 1000 private homes, and all will benefit from the new system. A number of public buildings would also receive their heating supply via this method, including West College Scotland, Clydebank’s new Leisure Centre, the new care home and health centre at the site, Council offices at Aurora House, the Titan Business Centre, the Town Hall and Clydebank Library.

Councillor Iain McLaren, Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “So much work has gone into this project and today’s decision by the Planning Committee has helped it take yet another huge step forward. It won’t be long before we will see work on the energy centre getting started and it should then be in operation next year. Residents and businesses of Clydebank will benefit from this high-tech new system for years to come.”

The energy centre will also accommodate all of the equipment required to operate and monitor the system. It will be built alongside West College Scotland on the edge of the basin opposite the Titan Crane.

Councillor Diane Docherty, Vice Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, added: “The District Heating Network will help the Council meet our climate change target to reduce CO2 emissions by 15% over the next six years and as the Council will own, operate and maintain the system, allow us to offer reduced tariffs for customers and to tackle fuel poverty. We are committed to delivering affordable housing to our residents and now this network will also help us provide them with affordable energy."