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November 16 2016

Glasgow stealth home secures planning consent
A sunken home in Glasgow’s west end has won approval by planning officials, clearing the way for construction to begin on the cameronwebster, MBLA and LCD Architecture scheme on the corner of Doune Gardens/Belmont Street.

Approval comes despite 135 objections being lodged by residents and elected officials as well as the pressure group Friends of Glasgow West, who claimed that the project would result in a loss of green space and adversely impact the surrounding conservation area and listed buildings.

Such concerns were dismissed at a hearing of the planning committee however which heard that the site as it currently exists is not designated as green space and there are no plans to re-designate it as such.

It was further noted that the space was never intended to serve as a ‘formal piece of streetscape’ but rather as a private side garden formerly hidden behind a stone wall and hedge.

An accompanying report prepared by the city’s development and regeneration department read: “… the proposal is well informed by townscape and landscape analysis, as well as by careful consideration of analysis of daylight and overlooking impacts. Significant thought has clearly been given to designing the proposed building to minimise its visual impact both from public vantage points and from the surrounding buildings. While the design is contemporary and certainly unusual, it is also thoughtful, innovative, and sympathetic to the site and to the surrounding listed buildings.”

The architects stress that the plot will continue to serve as a ‘green gateway’ post completion with a green wildflower roof and retention of two mature trees.

Image sby Ed Wright Visuals
The designers have taken measujres to ensure the home is light and airy
The designers have taken measujres to ensure the home is light and airy
The home adopts a low profile to minimise intrusion on the streetscape
The home adopts a low profile to minimise intrusion on the streetscape


Urban Animation
#1 Posted by Urban Animation on 16 Nov 2016 at 13:18 PM
Loving the MBLA landscape design...
#2 Posted by Yaldy on 16 Nov 2016 at 14:30 PM
Hope yer man Kev McCloud is all over this
#3 Posted by Charlie_ on 16 Nov 2016 at 21:28 PM
Going to prove, finally, that there's literally no proposal that west end wendies won't complain about

'But it''s going to be invisible from the street, you literally won't know it's there'
'Yes but....the family of voles in the next garden will suffer a material loss of amenity'
Mon the voles
#4 Posted by Mon the voles on 17 Nov 2016 at 11:24 AM
Do 135 west end residents really have nothing better to do than complain about plans for an invisible house? I clearly live in the wrong area if that's the extent of wendy problems.
#5 Posted by Cateran on 17 Nov 2016 at 17:50 PM
This is fantastic. It's what makes streets so interesting and makes people stop in their tracks.
#6 Posted by James on 17 Nov 2016 at 18:15 PM
Quite agree with 3 & 4 above. It’s actually sad that the NIMBYs have forced this building to be so deferential and therefore a bit ‘non-architecture’. If the whole West End was made up of buildings too afraid to stick their head above the parapet it’d be a very different (and much worse) place. This should have been a building of permanence and confidence to match and compliment the heavy-set tenements. A good job though in the circumstances by Cameron Webster and LCD.
#7 Posted by CADMonkey on 18 Nov 2016 at 00:31 AM
I think you are wrong.
The house is clearly visible in the CGIs, and these are presumably set at the least impact locations.
Also taken when all the leaves are out.
The building will obviously be very visible from all windows of the windows of the surrounding tenements.
I think complaints were entirely expected by those able to understand drawings and visualise beyond the architects "best bet" CGIs.
#8 Posted by Billy on 18 Nov 2016 at 09:03 AM
Think people everywhere have to remember that when you invest in property you buy the property not the area all around your property or the views. You just never know where a wind farm or mobile phone mast might pop up.
#9 Posted by James on 21 Nov 2016 at 15:51 PM
@ 7
So what if the house will be visible from neighbouring flats? The tenements are also visible from and by their neighbours. That's an urban condition not a reason to object to anything.
Couldn't this building have been improved by being more visible not less?

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