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Darnley Mains masterplan submitted for outline approval

October 29 2012

Darnley Mains masterplan submitted for outline approval
A revised 77 acre masterplan for a site adjacent to the M77 at Darnley has been submitted for outline planning approval following a six year hiatus brought on by the economic downturn.

ADF Architects are masterplanning the £140m scheme for Meridian Developments and Valad Europe, who are proposing to build 300 homes, a 75 bed hotel, shops, nursery, restaurant and warehousing on the south side plot.

The new plan calls for a reduction in the number of hotel rooms from 135 and the allocation of less land for a proposed business park to allow more warehousing to be built, a reflection of current market demand.

City council senior planner, Ken Clark told the Evening Times: "Since 2006, economic conditions have deteriorated and the applicant has a new development.This application represents a significant potential investment in an area which has been earmarked for development for some time.

"Although we don't have any details from the applicant, this would be a major catalyst for job creation."
The Darnley scheme has been on hiatus for over six years
The Darnley scheme has been on hiatus for over six years


Partick Bateman
#1 Posted by Partick Bateman on 30 Oct 2012 at 09:04 AM
The Neighbourhood Centre looks exciting.
#2 Posted by Egbert on 30 Oct 2012 at 10:07 AM
Somebody needs to have a copy of Designing Streets thrown at them - while the resi element pays some lip service to current guidance the rest of the development looks worryingly fragmented with just a series of plots strewn out along roundabouts and huge surface car parks. I'd hoped we had moved away from this sort of thing - no consideration to place-making and it doesn't look remotely sustainable. Oh and a local centre that isn't either local or central to the residential neighbourhood is laughable - why not make some effort to integrate all of this together rather than building more generic disjointed sprawl?
Walt Disney
#3 Posted by Walt Disney on 30 Oct 2012 at 14:53 PM
Egbert - Try getting a GCC roads engineer to adopt a designing streets layout. 5.5m roads, traffic calming, black top and standard geometry cul-de-sacs are all they are currently interested in unfortunately. There's only a select few local authorities who have signed up to Designing Streets and there's nothing that Jim McKinnon can do about it.
Cheap as Chips
#4 Posted by Cheap as Chips on 31 Oct 2012 at 13:12 PM
This looks very much like a cut'n'paste solution. I'd also be interested in knowing what is perceived to be within the vast Strategic Development element?
#5 Posted by Descartez on 7 Nov 2012 at 10:12 AM
Surely the people of Glasgow deserve better than this? Generic design solutions following the standard 1980s urban planning approach. How will this development address current socio-economic problems when the design philosophy appears mainly concerned with satisfying the needs of cars, not people. When you consider Dams to Darnley Country Park is directly next to the scheme it makes you think that the developers cant see the wood for the trees!
Poor Numpty
#6 Posted by Poor Numpty on 13 Nov 2012 at 23:17 PM
Competition for East Rens grand development plans!
Shirley muir
#7 Posted by Shirley muir on 12 Feb 2013 at 23:06 PM
The public house looks exciting !!
Thought controller
#8 Posted by Thought controller on 7 Aug 2014 at 13:25 PM
With more and more 3/4 bedroom houses being built in and around Darnley why is a new primary school not of importance to this area? It is badly needed but the greed of the builders always shines through these plans.
Dismayed Darnley resident.
#9 Posted by Maybe on 30 Apr 2015 at 10:22 AM
I agree with all the comments but remember for many people this development provides an opportunity to invest in a place and so maybe its the new residents and the current community that should have their say and start influencing change through the developer and the council working together.

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