BID To Overturn Refusal Of Plans For Govan’s Lyceum

20 September, 2021 | News

AN appeal has been lodged against refusal of a plan to use an old Glasgow picture house as a cinema, concert hall and events space.

Versatyle Ltd’s proposal for B-listed The Lyceum in Govan included turning an area on the ground floor into a hall suitable for various functions. It was to have capacity for 1,000 people standing, 800 sitting and 700 at tables.

There was to have been a 90-seat restaurant on the ground floor plus a 30-seat cafeteria. A cinema with nearly 500 seats was proposed for the first floor.

Glasgow City Council officials rejected the proposal and a listed building application. The applicant has now submitted appeals saying issues raised could be addressed.

The listed building decision notice issued by planners said there were various “inappropriate alterations” which would “detrimentally impact on the special interest and appearance” of the building.

These included the loss of original entrance gates and the formation of new doors flush with the building line; removal of existing doors and stairs, and the introduction of a full height masonry partition in the foyer; and addition of roller shutters on the east elevation.

Regarding the proposed uses of the building, the planning department feared “potentially significant increase in noise and disturbance which would harmfully impact on the amenity of neighbouring residential properties”.

They added that the absence of “suitable servicing arrangements for the proposed concert use, has the potential to impact significantly on residential amenity of adjacent flats at anti-social hours.”

Sufficient measures to treat and disperse cooking odours were also said to be absent from the plans.

The former 1930s ‘super-cinema’ in Govan Road seated 2,600 people when it opened. It was latterly used as a bingo hall.

More about The Lyceum on the Scottish Cinemas website

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