Published 30 April 2024

The regeneration of one of the largest brownfield sites in West Dunbartonshire and along the Clyde Waterfront has taken a major step forward after planning permission in principle for the former Carless Oil Terminal in Old Kilpatrick was granted.

An application by Malin Group to develop industrial units for marine engineering, fabrication, research and development along with site access and associated infrastructure at the site has been approved by councillors.

The developers are aiming to create a maritime innovation hub with the regeneration of the vacant brownfield site providing a range of high value employment opportunities in a sustainable development, which will respect and protect existing natural habitats and forge links with the local community. The overhaul of the site also aims to reinvigorate shipbuilding and renewable industries in the community.

The vision for the site is to deliver a state-of-the-art marine excellence hub which brings together manufacturers with practical marine and renewables operational and logistics experience, and providers of research, skills, development and design in a single sustainable location, taking advantage of direct access to the deep-water channel of the River Clyde.

The site was originally established as a fuel storage site for the Admiralty in 1916 and during the Second World War the Royal Navy used it as a depot and oil terminal. It was used by Petrochem Carless as an oil refinery and associated storage until 1992 when operations ceased. The site has been vacant since with most above ground structures associated with previous uses having been demolished although the jetties on the banks of the River Clyde and partial structures remain on site.

Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, Councillor David McBride said: “This is a key stage in the development of this site which offers excellent access to the River Clyde and will be a driver for innovation within West Dunbartonshire.

“We are invested in the future of our area, building on the infrastructure and transport links that we already have and the waterside location which we enjoy. I look forward to seeing this project progressing and to the benefits this will bring for our communities.”

Vice Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, Councillor Lawrence O’Neill said: “It is great to see this plan progressing which will open up an important Clyde Waterfront location with a state-of-the-art innovation hub building on the industries which have shaped our communities over history.”