THE Scottish Government has stepped in to decide if a major apartment development in the Merchant City can go ahead.
Glasgow’s planning applications voted in favour of Artisan Real Estate’s proposal for 65-97 Ingram Street, on a casting vote, last month.
But Scottish Ministers have now ‘called in’ the proposal because of concerns around noise from events at the neighbouring City Halls and Old Fruitmarket venues on Candleriggs.
A document issued by the Government states: “This direction is given as Ministers consider that the proposed development potentially raises issues of national significance regarding the application of the Agent of Change principle.”
The Agent of Change principle applies to proposals near art venues and places the responsibility for dealing with any detrimental impact from noise on those carrying out the new development.
A Government-appointed planning reporter will now consider the case before giving a recommendation to Ministers, whose decision would be final.
The development would feature 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.
The properties would include a range of one, two and three-bedroom options. There would be communal landscaped roof gardens and terraces.