PLANNERS Reject Developer’s New Otago Lane Flats Plan

26 November, 2021 | News

REVISED plans for a residential development beside the River Kelvin at Otago Lane in Glasgow’s West End have been refused.

Queensberry Properties wanted permission for 49 apartments in three six and seven storey blocks.

The new proposal, which attracted more than 750 objections, aimed to improve on an equally controversial plan for 45 flats and four townhouses for which planning consent was granted in 2016.

Documents included with the revised proposal stated there were ‘buildability’ issues with that scheme although permission for it remains in place.

A decision report by officials regarding the latest application states: “The basic question is whether the proposal would unacceptably affect the amenity and existing use of land and buildings which ought to be protected in the public interest.

“In this case, there are various issues concerning daylight, sunlight, privacy, waste and recycling storage and collection.

“Due to their cumulative effect, it is considered that the proposed development would have an unacceptable adverse impact on the amenity of neighbouring residential properties.

“Therefore, it would not deliver the high quality of design required to preserve and enhance the character of the Glasgow West Conservation Area.”

A statement by JM Architects that was submitted with the new application explained: “There has been a previous consent on the site and one of the key objectives has been to improve on that in terms of the area of accessible public realm by providing routes and viewing points over the River Kelvin.

“The development also provides the opportunity to consolidate and improve the existing green corridor along the river edge and therefore secure its habitat, environmental and visual benefits.

“Sitting behind the 15-metre contour of the river bank and above the flood plain, the architectural character of the proposed blocks aims to fit with the existing tenemental and warehouse architecture that occurs between Gibson Street and Kelvinbridge.”

The statement pointed out that in the controversial earlier application, two of the blocks were to be located on the river’s edge and would no longer satisfy current flood risk requirements.

It added that the location of those blocks raised ‘buildabilty’ issues on the sloping site and that the landscaped area with path to the river edge would “no longer be considered appropriate as it would be too disruptive to the wildlife in the green corridor”.

The new planning application aimed to address these issues by moving the buildings away from the river bank and creating a more substantial, bio-diverse green corridor.

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