SECOND Attempt At Proposal For Flats Above City Centre KFC

13 January, 2021 | Residential

A REVISED plan to turn empty floors above a KFC restaurant in central Glasgow into apartments has been drawn up.

A roof extension is also part of the plan for 106 Renfield Street.

Nine flats are proposed in the vacant second and third floors and the new roof accommodation.

The first application was refused last year. Planners felt the roof extension would dominate the building and would not tie in with the architectural character of the premises or the surrounding area.

A design statement included with the new application explains: “The roof extension will appear recessive in nature when compared with the painted masonry of the existing building and the form will also be held back from the wall head of the Renfield Street facade to form a clear step.

“The proposed use is supported by policy and the new roof extension is sympathetic to adjacent context.

“The access to the flats will make much needed improvements to the physical environment of Sauchiehall Lane through the new elevation treatment, lighting and surface finishing in line with the council’s aspirations for the city’s lanes to become an asset as important as the main streets.”

The application is the latest in a series of proposals to change the use of upper floors in city centre buildings, with flats also suggested for a listed building on the corner of Renfield Street and St Vincent Street.

Serviced apartments have been approved for premises in Douglas Street and at the former Teacher building in St Enoch Square. A decision is awaited from planners over a bid to have flats in a neighbouring building in St Enoch Square.

An application has been made to form nearly 100 serviced apartments at a building in West Regent Street.

A backpackers’ hostel is proposed for Virginia House in the Merchant City.

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