GLASGOW City Council is developing new planning guidance for tall buildings in the city centre which will guide decisions on their design and location.
Similar applications are expected in future years as demand for housing and other uses grows. In addition, the repurposing of existing city centre buildings will in some cases necessitate additional height to create more floorspace.
A tall building is defined as a building (including roof top structures and masts) that significantly exceeds general building heights in the immediate vicinity and which alters the skyline.
Opposing views are held on tall buildings, with supporters promoting their benefits in terms of increasing density, reducing urban sprawl and offering opportunities for refurbishment and re-use, and others suggesting they are unsustainable because of their consumption of energy and resources.
The new guidance aims to ensure that the appropriate development of tall buildings in Glasgow city centre — designed and built with care and innovation and complemented by low and medium-impact development — make the area more liveable, sustainable and diverse as it grows.
The work to develop this guidance will look at the experience of other cities; examine the topography of the city centre to assess which areas would be most affected; and consider how such buildings contribute to an urban planning strategy that balances economic, environmental, social and cultural aspects.
Council officers held a special meeting of the Glasgow Urban Design Panel — with architects, designers, developers and civic and heritage bodies in attendance — to consider the topic as part of the work on the guidance.
Public consultation will begin in the spring.
Councillor Kenny McLean, city convener for development and land use at Glasgow City Council, said: “New planning guidance for tall buildings in Glasgow city centre will help achieve our aims of re-populating and re-densifying the city centre in a sustainable way.
“When complete, the guidance will ensure that tall buildings meet design standards and are located only in places that are appropriate to their local setting.”