COUNCILLORS Rule That Award-Winning Mews Proposal Can’t Be Built

23 June, 2023 | News

AN appeal against Glasgow City Council’s refusal of permission for a North Kelvinside mews development has failed.

Park Living (Residential) Ltd applied to build on land behind 155 Queen Margaret Drive, accessed through a pend.

City officials refused consent for various reasons and Park Living appealed. Councillors on Glasgow’s local review board have now upheld the original decision.

Four mews properties were proposed, two with two bedrooms and two with one bedroom. Light industrial buildings on the site, that may originally have been stables, were to be cleared.

A statement included with the appeal stated: “The scheme will provide a residential development of exceptional quality offering very high standards of living in a highly sustainable location.

“These qualities were recognised by the Dundee Insitute of Architects (Atelier-M Architects based in Dundee) in November 2022 when the proposals were awarded the best ‘On The Drawing Board Award’ at their annual awards ceremony.

“It is regretful and very surprising that the planning department have not viewed them in the same light.”

The statement continues: “The first reason for refusal claimed that ‘the siting, form, proportions and massing’…would result in an overdevelopment of the plot.’

“This reason…is grounded in the erroneous claims that the application site lies next to a lane. The site, which comprises a former industrial premises and its associated yard, should not by any reasonable stretch of the imagination, be considered to accommodate a lane.”

The developer points out that the footprint of the proposed building is only nine square metres more than the existing premises and that the density is within the acceptable range for an inner urban area.

Addressing a further planning department concern, the document states that the one unit which is single aspect benefits from natural lighting in all rooms and from roof lights.

It was further argued that issues regarding privacy, lack of amenity space and negative impact on sunlight at neighbouring properties were not serious enough to warrant refusal.

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