Residents rally against planned Garnethill tower on deadline day
May 19 2023
A resident's group is mounting resistance to a planned high-rise apart-hotel on Cambridge Street, Garnethill, arguing that it would have a detrimental impact on the Glasgow School of Art, among other local landmarks.
Taking their message to the city chambers to make their feelings known in person the group are keen to drum up further support before comments on the application close later today.
Spokesperson Declan Kenning told Urban Realm: "We are led to believe that the planning officers don't see any issue with the building proposal. However, this proposed aparthotel will dominate the skyline, rivalling the height of the tallest buildings in Glasgow (such as the Cineworld building) - and will change the background and cast shadows...
"The building design is modern and not in keeping at all with the local surroundings, overshadowing and overlooking residential homes. Also an increase in traffic flow on an already busy road (considering construction on the Art School and the M&S building Renfrew St will be at a standstill), will be exacerbated by full-scale demolition in a residential area surrounded by B listed buildings."
Objectors include local councillors, the Garnethill community council and the MP for Glasgow Central but numerous letters of support have also been filed, arguing that 19 storeys is appropriate for a city centre site in need of investment.
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