PLANNERS have refused permission for a vacant East End care facility to be turned into a serviced apartment complex with gym and sauna.
The application by Commercial Connexions involved the former Alexandra Court Care Home at 332 Edinburgh Road closed in 2018.
The proposal was for short-stay accommodation consisting of 58 bedrooms, each with bathroom, kitchen and storage.
Various communal facilities were to be provided, including a central dining area, TV room, gym, sauna and laundry. A concierge was to be on-site 24 hours a day.
In their decision notice, Glasgow City Council planning department gave several reasons for refusal.
They said it did not meet the location criteria for tourist accommodation because visitor services such as restaurants weren’t nearby and public transport/ active travel provision was not highly accessible.
Officials also said it would be an “incongruous use” within a largely residential area.
A statement submitted by the applicant explained: “The development has been designed more along the lines of a hotel, with high quality rooms, a high level of ancillary facilities, on-site 24/7 reception/concierge services, with the added bonus of being set in landscaped grounds with easy access to the city centre.”