A DEVELOPER has been refused permission to demolish 12 lock-up garages and build seven mews-style houses in Glasgow’s West End.
City planners rejected the proposal by Wheatley Group for the rear of 7 Lowther Terrace at Redlands Lane, just off Great Western Road.
The two-storey houses were each to have had three bedrooms and an integral garage accessed off the lane plus a private garden at an upper terrace level.
Officials said: “The proposal is considered to amount to overdevelopment which does not respect and integrate with the existing environment or preserve and enhance the special character and appearance of Glasgow West Conservation Area.”
They said the development would encroach on neighbouring flats, lead to loss of car parking and communal garden space for existing residents, and lacked well-designed and located refuse and recycling storage and collection facilities.
They added that it would also encroach into the root zone of mature trees on Kirklee Road, which contribute positively the historic character of the area.
A document submitted with the application by Richard Murphy Architects stated that the development would turn Redlands Lane from “what is effectively a featureless back alley into a secure residential street of appropriate scale to the surrounding area.”
Planning approval was granted in May 2015 for seven two and three-bedroom mews houses along Redlands Lane. Two of the units had integral garages, the remainder being served by off street parking bays.
That consent expired in 2018 and Wheatley commissioned the revised scheme which aimed for better specifications and a garage for each property.