VISION Of ‘Vibrant Neighbourhood’ On Govan Waterfront Gets Go-Ahead

1 July, 2020 | News, Major Developments, Clyde Riverfront

A MASTERPLAN for a residential-led mixed-use development beside the Clyde at Govan has been approved.

Glasgow councillors gave planning permission in principle for the transformation of land at Water Row.

More than 200 flats and 13 terraced/town houses are proposed along with commercial units, open space and public realm works.

The 3.85-hectare site is bounded by the River Clyde to the north, Napier Road and Napier Terrace to the east, New Govan Church, Govan Road and Govan Shopping Centre to the south, and Govan Old Parish Church, Pearce Lane and Water Row to the west.

The site is currently occupied by a temporary car park, showpeople’s yard (leased), and Govan Cross/Water Row public realm including a B-listed fountain.

City planners said the Govan Housing Association’s masterplan “promotes a vision of a vibrant neighbourhood taking advantage of the site’s central location at the heart of Govan town centre, its link to the Clyde Waterfront and improved connectivity as a result of the planned Govan–Partick bridge.”

Their report continued: “An underlying design intention of the Water Row masterplan is to integrate the site and its new buildings within its surrounding context and strengthen the town centre’s connection to the river by creating a vibrant and active development which can successfully contribute to its unique sense of place and, thereby, its continued cultural heritage.

“It is considered that the proposed development succeeds in this aim through its varied offer and its intended architectural response.”

They added: “The incorporation of active ground floor active uses within this development, particularly along Water Row and at the riverfront, has always been seen as crucial to the creation of a distinctive, safe and pleasant place to reconnect Govan Town Centre with the river.

“However, since its original submission, the aspirational level and range of commercial floorspace has been reduced in response to funding constraints and further market analysis.

“The development was not intended to compete with the town centre but to support it through a complementary range of uses and the size of units and type of uses proposed should contribute positively to the retail function and vitality of Govan Town Centre.”

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