Go-ahead for plan to turn Den­nis­toun school into homes

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY DREW SANDELANDS LO­CAL DEMOC­RACY RE­PORTER

A FOR­MER school build­ing in Den­nis­toun will be partly de­mol­ished and con­verted into homes.

De­vel­op­ers have been given the green light to turn the old Golfhill Pub­lic School, on Cir­cus Drive, into 18 res­i­den­tial units.

Glas­gow City Coun­cil has also per­mit­ted al­ter­ations to the for­mer jan­i­tor’s house on the school site.

A de­ci­sion has yet to be made on an ap­pli­ca­tion re­quest­ing per­mis­sion to build133 flats on the land.

The B-listed school, de­signed by ar­chi­tect Alexan­der Nis­bet Pater­son and orig­i­nally opened in 1902 for the Glas­gow School Board, has been on the ‘build­ings at risk’ reg­is­ter since 2010.

Its fa­cade will be re­tained as part of the new de­vel­op­ment. “While it has been deemed fi­nan­cial un­vi­able for the re­ten­tion of the full school, our pro­posal will main­tain and pre­serve the main el­e­va­tions and tow­ers of what is an im­por­tant his­tor­i­cal build­ing in the Den­nis­toun area, that left in its cur­rent state is likely to de­te­ri­o­rate past any chance of be­ing res­cued,” a plan­ning state­ment added.

“The work to save this his­tor­i­cally im­por­tant build­ing will be cross-sub­sidised by the new-build el­e­ments of the pro­posal, and as such it is im­por­tant to view the full de­vel­op­ment as a whole.”

“The ap­pli­cant, Barony Homes Ltd, pro­pose to cre­ate a high qual­ity res­i­den­tial en­vi­ron­ment cen­tred around the re­tained fa­cade of the for­mer Golfhill Pri­mary School, along­side a re­stored jan­i­tor’s house, perime­ter rail­ings and new-build flats on the for­mer play­ing field.”

Com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion was held in 2017 and the de­vel­op­ers met with Den­nis­toun Com­mu­nity Coun­cil to dis­cuss the pro­pos­als.

“The Com­mu­nity Coun­cil has shown sup­port for the ap­pli­ca­tion, as they are keen to see in­vest­ment in the lo­cal area,” the state­ment con­tin­ued.

“We pro­pose to take an un­der­used, derelict site and cre­ate hous­ing and open space that will benefit the lo­cal area. The site is well lo­cated for con­nec­tions within the city and across the coun­try, with easy ac­cess to the M8, close to pub­lic bus and train routes, and within walk­ing dis­tance of var­i­ous lo­cal ameni­ties.”

Glas­gow City Coun­cil sold the for­mer school in 2016.

How the re­tained fa­cade and new res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment could look

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