Fears over new homes plan ‘strain’

Evening Times - - FRONT PAGE - BY CA­TRI­ONA STE­WART

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

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