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'Aquatic villages' proposed for Scotland's River Clyde

Floating homes could become a prominent fixture along the River Clyde in Scotland, if new proposals by a Scottish designer are adopted.

Bill Borland, a local creative designer and entrepreneur, is pushing the government, planners and developers to adopt his 'aquatic villages', which have been successfully developed in the Netherlands.

The idea has worked well in the flatlands of Holland and, with flooding expected to become a more common occurrence due to climate change, Borland is calling for his plans to be taken forward.

Speaking to the Sunday Herald, Borland said: 'The statutory bodies talk of bringing life to the Clyde, but I want to put life on to the Clyde. The Netherlands has woken up to the reality that it must not just swim or sink, but float on living water to survive and prosper.'

If taken on board, Borland's floating villages could be developed at the Cuningar Loop of the Clyde in South Lanarkshire, as well as at Braehead in Renfrewshire.

Borland's company, Creative Mode, is currently working on plans for a new development in a former fish market in central Glasgow, which could see a hotel extension, restaurant, bar and 16 offices floating on the water.

The floating homes idea has already been put forward in the UK by KKA Architects, which has designed a 26-house development (pictured) on the river Mersey for developer Peel Holdings ( KKA Architects plans UK's first floating homes for Liverpool ).

A decision on that development is expected later this month.

by Richard Vaughan

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