CITY planners are in favour of a multi-million pound development at a high-profile Merchant City gap site.
Artisan Real Estate’s proposal for 65-97 Ingram Street features four buildings, ranging from four to six storeys, accommodating 109 apartments plus ground floor commercial space.
The land, between Albion Street and Candleriggs, is currently used as a car park and features a landmark mural on an adjacent wall.
Councillors on Glasgow’s planning committee are due to consider the application on Tuesday. Officials are recommending approval.
Around 140 letters of objection were received from members of the public and organisations.
The properties would include a range of one, two and three-bedroom options. There would be communal landscaped roof gardens and terraces.
A report by planners [PDF] states: “The building design is considered appropriate for its location and uses high quality materials suitable for the context in which the building would be positioned.
“The proposed development would provide 109 residential private for sale units within the Merchant City Area. This would contribute towards the council’s aim of repopulating the city centre and would support its economic competitiveness through increased population supporting local businesses and facilities.
“The proposal would also include a publicly accessible courtyard enabling the surrounding community to connect with the development. The proposal is car-free, making full use of the site’s central location close to public transport infrastructure.
“As well as providing its own amenity spaces, both public and private, the site is well located to benefit from other existing green spaces in and around the city centre.
“Lastly, in terms of repair, restoring and enhancing the urban fabric, the applicant has provided evidence that the site had previously accommodated built development. The replacement of a surface level car park with the proposed residential development seeks to restore that historic urban form.”
It continues: “While a small area of the existing mural would be lost due to the proposed development, the majority of the mural would be preserved in place for the appreciation of both the public and future residents of the development.
“The new ground floor courtyard green space would be fully accessible to the public and it is envisaged that this would create a unique space which would be integrated into the existing art trail.”