Fears over new homes plan ‘strain’
CONCERNS have been raised about plans for a new Govanhill housing development putting strain on local amenities.
Proposals could see more than 200 properties built on Butterbiggins Road on the South Side.
But residents and representatives have warned health provision and education services could be affected.
A NEW housing development could put unacceptable pressure on local amenities, residents have said.
Community members in Govanhill are worried that plans for nearly 200 properties at Butterbiggins Road will strain local services.
Concerns have been raised regarding traffic at the site, health provision and education services.
A separate new development of 42 homes was built immediately opposite the planned new build.
And a further planning application is under consideration for retail and restaurant development at Butterbiggans Road.
Local councillor Soryia Siddique said: “There is a need for social housing and larger properties in the area.
“It is important the local community’s voices are heard in the decisionmaking for new developments.
“It is also important to ensure there is forward planning for adequate services for children and families, including enough school and nursery places.”
The major new residential development at what was the site of the Larkfield Bus Depot will include 186 flats and houses.
Link Group Ltd are to develop the site with 24 one-bedroom flats, 128 two-bedroom flats, 30 three-bedroom houses and four two-bedroom cottage flats.
Designed by MAST Architects, the housing scheme will be for mid-market rent and see 186 car parking spaces and 152 cycle parking spaces for the flats.
Permission was granted for the plans in December, while a decision has not yet been made on a planning application for a new supermarket.
Initially, the Larkfield Depot redevelopment was to include offices, a care home, community facilities and cinema but these have since been scaled down.
Resident Sandra Roberts said: “Of course new housing is to be welcomed but Govanhill is a small area that is already crowded. There are only four local primary schools and Butterbiggins Medical Centre is small, not to mention the traffic that will increase.”
A spokeswoman for Glasgow City Council confirmed plans to create a new nursery at nearby Cuthbertson Primary School, which would free up classroom space.
A consultation was launched regarding the scheme, which is now closed.
The spokeswoman did not respond to queries with regards traffic management before the Evening Times went to press.
An artist’s impression of how the new housing would look