Report on North Kelvin Meadow Development
North Kelvin Community Council meeting held on
Monday 28 February 2011 at 6:30pm
St. Charles School
Presentation of North Kelvin Meadow development
New City Vision’s Planning Consultant explained the main differences between the original 2008 plans and the revised plans are the increase in open space. However, as a result, the block on Sanda Street/Kelbourne Street is one storey higher.
Jane Morgan asked why New City Vision had not considered undercroft or first floor parking instead of street parking. New City Vision’s Planning Consultant explained that there is undercroft parking on Sanda Street. New City Vision’s Planning Consultant said the marked visitor parking bays had been included in the plans, as this was suggested by the Roads Department.
New City Vision’s Planning Consultant confirmed, as required by Glasgow City Council (GCC), that there are 1.25 parking spaces allocated per flat/house. The Community Council requests that New City Vision review the provision of parking. Parking is already problematic in the area and the visitor parking bays will only make the situation worse.
Councillor MacKechnie suggested that the Community Council might want to ask GCC to make it a condition of planning consent that the development of the green space takes place before the first houses are occupied. The Community Council requests that New City Vision reconsider the phasing that they have set out.
The Community Council raised the issue of the height of the proposed flats on Sanda Street, which are one storey higher than original proposed. The flats across from the site are three storeys high, as opposed to the six storeys of the proposed new flats. The Community Council asks that New City Vision revisit the height of the proposed flats on Sanda Street.
The Community Council commented on the architectural style of the townhouses, Georgian rather than Victorian. The Community Council asks that New City Vision reconsider this decision, as a Victorian style would be more in keeping with the area.
Concern was raised about the semi-private open space behind the flats on Sanda Street. The Community Council asks that New City Vision reconsider this open space and considers ways to integrate the space with the rest of the open space in the centre of the development.
Concern was also raised about the management of the open space. The Community Council asks that New City Vision consider a mechanism for dealing with the management of the open space.
The Community Council also raised the issue of preserving the lime trees on Clouston Street. The Community Council is aware that the line trees are protected by Tree Preservation Orders, but is concerned that by building so close to the trees there will be damage to their root structures or to the trees themselves. The Community Council asks New City Vision for assurances that the building work will not pose a threat to the lime trees.