HUNDREDS Of ‘Affordable’ Build-To-Rent Flats Approved For Gorbals Site

21 February, 2022 | Residential, Major Developments

A PROPERTY company’s revised proposals for a major residential development in Glasgow have been given planning permission.

City planners have given Craighead Properties the go-ahead for 356 flats on land bounded by Cathcart Road, Caledonia Road and Lawmoor Street, beside the new Gorbals Retail Park.

Craighead already had planning permission for a residential development of 384 units at the site.

How the development is expected to look

A document submitted with the revised application stated that Craighead wanted to provide “a new model of housing” for Glasgow and Scotland.

It explained: “Craighead will let out all of the flats in its Cathcart Road development at what would be considered at less than full market rental level, however unlike some other below full market rental properties operated by registered social landlords, Craighead does not require any public sector subsidy.

“Whilst Craighead recognises that it could charge higher rental levels, our long-term mission is to provide the highest quality, large, low carbon accommodation at an affordable rent.

“We believe this to be a commitment like no other and, as a Glasgow-based developer, Craighead is delighted that its first development is in our home city.”

Each apartment will extend to around 1,250 sq ft, have two bedrooms and a private balcony. Storage space for two bicycles per flat will be provided and there will be 147 regular car parking spaces.

How the development is expected to look

The design statement added: “Every house within the development will be fitted with the latest smart technology, including sockets, lighting and heating controls, as well as energy monitoring.

“All of this functionality is controlled within our ground-breaking, inhouse-developed ‘My Home’ app. The My Home app will allow tenants to manage their energy budgets, control devices, set schedules and log any maintenance issues.

“The system will monitor energy usage vs budget and send push notifications to the tenants, so that they are aware, in real-time, of any potential overspend on their weekly/monthly energy budget.

“We will also monitor the energy usage from all our homes, to make sure that the tenants are fully conversant on how to use the scheduling and device management tools in order to potentially save money on their energy bills.”

The developer stated: “The apartments are designed with long-term occupancy in mind and, indeed, with the simple erection of a timber stud partition within bedroom two, these apartments can be fully converted into a three-bedroomed apartment.

“Craighead is committed to the long-term future of these properties and as such intend to construct, own, let and maintain them.”

The site, which has lain vacant for more than 25 years, was previously home to the Dixon’s iron foundry.

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