In Greenock there are many brown sites. I imagine that given the industry that was here they will need to be cleaned up at great cost before being used for other purposes.
Every time there’s a bit of brownfield available in Central Edinburgh, developers get what seems like automatic approval to build student blocks, hotels and high-end, high-cost apartments instead of the low-cost family housing so desperately needed in the city centre. The ambition for 20-minute neighbourhoods is pie in the sky!
It is not just Central Edinburgh but also Leith. Sites with buildings that are or could still be used are threatened with redevelopment for as you say student accommodation. Thanks to a very effective campaign, the Red Sandstone building on Leith Walk was saved. For Leith to remain a vibrant community, it is essential that it retains its small workshop, trade and business premises.
former Gorebridge train station building is left empty. Owned by network rail it had plans to become a cafe gallery but nothing happened as community groups couldnt take it on as a project
We got lease on 3 acre old derelict boatyard at Fairlie pier 15 years ago, transformed it into largest community garden in Ayrshire with raised beds & polytunnels. Lots of unused derelict land around badly mismanaged