Published 19 August 2022

A range of Council-owned sites across West Dunbartonshire are set to be sold off for a total of more than £6million.

The sales include a disused piece of land at Levenbank, Jamestown, and a site at Burroughs Way in the Vale of Leven Industrial Estate.

At a meeting of the Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development Committee this week, members were told of interested buyers for both plots, as well as smaller sites in Old Kilpatrick and Alexandria.

The Jamestown land, which was extensively marketed in February and March this year, has been bought by Turnberry Homes for circa £5 million.

The housing developer intends to transform the overgrown and unused site into 88 residential units comprising a mix of 2 bedroom apartments; 3 bedroom semi- detached and 4 bedroom detached houses.

The land at Vale of Leven Industrial Estate will be sold to Muirfield Ltd for the sum of £950,000. The company intends to develop the site for warehousing and associated office and laboratories for food and drink production with occupation by their associated Company Tolsta Foods Ltd.

Both purchases are conditional on the buyer obtaining planning permission.

During the meeting Councillors also approved the sale of 12 Overton Street, Alexandria to McPherson Memorials, who currently leases the property; while land at the rear of Ferrydykes Cottage, Old Kilpatrick was approved for sale to the owner of Ferrydykes Cottage, who intends to renovate the property and create a family home with garden space.

Members also gave the go ahead to dispose of 77 Bank Street, Alexandria after tenant Citizen’s Advice Bureau requested to end its tenancy early and vacate as soon as possible.

The site was sold to Aldi UK and the supermarket chain intends to expand their car parking provision.

Councillor David McBride, Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “It is great to see that sites in West Dunbartonshire are in such high demand and the area is attracting investment from all over the country.

“Any investment here benefits the whole region, whether it’s the addition of new jobs, or new homes to attract people to move into the area, it all feeds into making West Dunbartonshire a better place to live, work and visit.”

Councillor Lawrence O’Neill, Vice Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, added: “Thanks to officers for working hard to market these sites to ensure we achieve an impressive capital receipt.

“The sale of these sites will bring benefits to our communities, allowing us to continue offering residents a strong local economy with great job prospects.”

Officers will now take steps to finalise the sales.