Our view on Kelbourne Street planning decisions
We welcome the fact that the 10-flat planning application for Kelbourne Street (21/03226/FUL) was refused (December 2021). However, we feel that the grounds given for refusal are relevant to 20/02110/FUL (39 flats), which was approved at Local Review having initially been refused.
Progress on the site appears to be stalled at the moment and we continue to raise the issue at our monthly meetings.
In January 2022 (sorry for the delay in posting it here) we wrote to Glasgow City Council to express our concerns about the two planning proposals:
The site is adjacent to a popular and well used children’s play park and just opposite the new North Kelvinside Primary School.
As the community council for the area, we have noted significant local concerns about the 2 recent planning proposals for this site and on that basis objected to both. The status of these applications are as follows:
- 21/03226/FUL development of 10 flats – refused
- 20/02110/FUL development of 39 flats – approved at local review, which we believe is a flawed process for this large size of development.
We discussed the current status of this site at our meeting on 4th January 2022. We welcome the decision to refuse application 21/03226/FUL. In considering the grounds given for refusal these could equally apply to 20/02110/FUL. We therefore consider it would be extremely detrimental to the local area should this development be allowed to proceed.
As far as we know there are two separate pieces of land, the smaller one owned by the Council (21/03226) and the larger one sold by the Church of Scotland directly to the developer (20/02110). However, the proposal 20/02110 included the smaller piece of land, which wasn’t known at the planning approval stage.
To restate our concerns, we consider that the proposed development of 39 flats is contrary to the City Development Plan. It is too large, dense and being 7 storeys tall too high for the site. It will adversely affect residential and visual amenity. It will significantly overshadow a popular children’s play park and during the construction period will also impact on safe use of the park. It will also aggravate existing challenges in relation to parking and traffic management in the local area.
We would request that this development is paused and that we take the opportunity to review and consider other options for this site with the local community.