HUNDREDS of new homes at a historic location on the River Clyde will transform a derelict site if plans are approved.

Proposals for 304 new houses on the site of the old Govan Graving Docks in Glasgow have been submitted.

The homes are part of the plan to regenerate the area with new community spaces and it will bring back the dock to active ship repair use.

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New City Vision has put forward the plans with housing on the southern boundary of the Graving Docks site along Govan Road.

Work is already underway to reopen Dock No1 for historic ship repair, with future phases including the development of heritage park for the Govan community.

The masterplan includes the repair and restoration of the pumphouse, which is the only remaining building on the site, into a visitor and community hub.

New housing will take up 20% of the overall site. Following the completion of the regeneration vision, it is intended that 80% of the land will be transferred to community ownership.

The docks were built in the late 19th century by the Clyde Navigation Trust and, at the time, could accommodate some the largest ships in the world.

They were extensively used for winter overhauls, repairs and refits of Clyde steamers up until the site was closed in 1987. The docks even featured in the hit war movie 1917. 

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Harry O’Donnell, the chairman of New City Vision, said: “An integral component of our vision to bring life back to the docks, taking up just 20% of the overall site footprint, these plans have been sensitively designed to complement our vision, ensuring development of a new and dynamic space fit for the 21st century while also increasing supply of much-needed new homes.

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“As this proposal has been the subject of extensive community consultation over the past two years, I would like to thank all those who have provided feedback throughout the consultation process, and I look forward to continuing this engagement as we bring forward our proposals for the component parts of our wider vision.”

The housing will help fund the wider regeneration plans for the large site on the riverside.

A decision is expected on the plans in spring this year.