ATTEMPT To Overturn Refusal Of Yorkhill Flats Fails

19 February, 2020 | News, Residential

A DEVELOPER has lost its appeal over Glasgow City Council’s refusal of a plan for 30 flats in the grounds of a former Yorkhill school.

Officials rejected the apartment block proposed for the corner of Teviot Street and Gilbert Street on land which was a playground at the old Kelvinhaugh Primary School.

Developer Tucson Properties Ltd tried to get the decision overturned but councillors on Glasgow’s planning local review committee backed the original verdict.

In their decision notice issued earlier last year, planners stated: “When considered cumulatively, the failure of the proposal against residential design standards, residential density standards, vehicular parking standards, open space provision standards and the need to overlook and borrow amenity from an adjacent site are all indicators of overdevelopment and result in a proposal that fails to deliver a sustainable development for 30 new households in a base-accessibility location.”

Planning permission is already in place for a 100-unit student accommodation block at the site.

At the appeal hearing, Councillor Malcolm Cunning said there were too many significant breaches of policy to justify giving permission. He said it “faile don too many counts” and that the applicant would need to address the issues.

Councillor Michael Cullen was especially concerned that the flats would overlook a children’s playpark at a nursery. The approved student development has stairs on that side of the building.

A statement included with the appeal documents argued: “The proposed development would reduce the number of residents at the site whilst maintaining a similar (albeit slightly reduced) scale and mass to the approved student development.

“The ground conditions mean that a reduction in the number of units at the site is not a commercially viable option.”

“We consider that significant weight should be offered to material considerations in determining this application; the reuse of a brownfield site, provision of housing in a sustainable location which is 37 metres from the High Accessibility area; a sustainable development which includes photovoltaic cells on the roof and a design which responds to the site’s context and provides useable amenity space for residents.”

The development proposed 18 two-bedroom flats and 12 with three bedrooms. There was to be a roof level amenity terrace and 20 parking spaces.

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