A PROPOSED residential development in Dennistoun, that is being fiercely opposed by residents, is being recommended for approval by city planners. Officials rejected an earlier attempt to build at the site but are in favour of the new one.
Councillors on Glasgow’s Planning Applications Committee are due to consider the proposal for 31 flats on Tuesday.
The site is Dennistoun Gospel Hall’s former premises, at the corner of Finlay Drive and Armadale Street.
Nearly 80 objections have been received raising issues including parking, traffic, the design and appearance of the flats, and privacy. Large notices to advise residents of the application were put up at the site.
Nixon Blue was refused permission in February for a six-storey block but lodged another application for the site. A design statement explains: “The overall intent is to produce an elegant classically-inspired building that fits both its locality and contemporary lifestyles.”
Glasgow City Council planners opposed the original proposal mainly on design grounds. A report regarding the new application states that revisions to the internal layout have been made and the elevations have been improved with further detailing and the addition of bay windows to “harmonise with the local urban context of Dennistoun.”
It continues: “The proposed development would contribute towards the creation of a vibrant and accessible residential neighbourhood. The proposal would see the development of a vacant plot which is in poor condition.”
Officials also state: “The surrounding locale was not designed to the levels of modern car ownership. As a result it is considered acceptable in this case to see a reduction in the 100 per cent parking required by the City Development Plan.
“This is mitigated by the area’s high accessibility rating which indicates a high standard of public transport service.
“The applicant has provided off-street parking for eight cars. Were this number increased, that would see a decrease in the standard of residential amenity provided to the rear court.
“It is therefore considered acceptable in this case, subject to conditions requiring the eight spaces to be allocated and residents without an allocated space to be supplied with a residential travel pack, to allow for a reduction in parking standards at the site.”
Secure indoor cycle storage would be provided on each floor.