Kelvindale railway lands to provide affordable housing
May 26 2023
Convery Prenty Shields Architects have come forward with detailed plans for a mix of 110 flats and terraced houses on former railway land in Kelvindale.
The brownfield site, surrounded by railway lines, was last in use as sidings and benefits from direct access to Dalsholm Road, which will be upgraded to a light-controlled crossing to manage increased traffic. Designed on behalf of West of Scotland Housing Association the scheme includes 100% parking provision as well as a play park and semi-public landscaped grounds.
Outlining their architectural approach the applicant wrote: "The massing of the proposed buildings, and their composition on the site, is comparable to the established neighbouring developments, where the mass & form is generally a collective of residential buildings.
"Roof and wall materials for use on the external elevations intend to deliver a traditional materiality and longevity of appearance, continuing the approach of the original 19th & 20th century developments. All apartments are dual aspect and include large balcony terraces from the main living space, taking advantage of the east, south and west orientation."
A dead end access road will open up the island site, framed by four storey apartments at the main entrance.
I wonder if they'll future proof and include charging points?
Might be news to the Anti Destination League / Transport 1400 but the real world gets it.
The proposed elevations for the terraced housing are very, very lazy.
100% parking provision where car ownership in lower income households possibly as low as 20% = big car park with some bonus flats thrown in.
Might be news to the anti-liveable neighbourhood conspiraloons and their ilk, unfortunately same goes for the real world in this case.
Social and economic progress in Glesga -- getting back up towards national norms -- mean that more people will have the means to buy and support a car.
You only have to look at the pre war and post war social housing developments in the city where car ownership is overwhelming the local parking options.
Social housing needs to be a comprehensive solution and not just a ghetto for the multi generational poor aka the lost / the lonely / the bewildered.
Large swathes of those inter/post-war public housing estates in our cities were flogged off and have long-since been substantively privately owned.
Dramatic fall in numbers younger demographic obtaining driving licences and emergence/popularity of carshare options suggests that car ownership as a metric of soc/econ progress is the preserve of a diminishing minority of boomers. And transport planners.
Making affordable homes aspirational will not be achieved by 100% parking.
Unfortunately we will have 50 years to endure before your nirvana has a chance to develop.
Plus we have the issue that the young team will have a change of mind once parenthood comes around.
And tonight in schemes all over Glesga -- today's residents will have parking problems as real people look to find parking spaces for real cars in social housing developments that were not designed for mass car ownership.
Wishing things away is never a good look.
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