Public consulted on draft Broomielaw river park plan
February 4 2019
Glasgow City Council is to launch a public consultation into draft plans for a linear river park along both banks of the River Clyde through the Broomielaw district.
Launching on Friday the park consultation forms part of a wider waterfront masterplan for the city centre which seeks to establish a high-density riverfront neighbourhood flanking the Kingston Bridge, negating some of the pollution, noise and physical disconnection associated with the motorway link.
By introducing attractive green spaces it is hoped to improve east/west connectivity and create a more pedestrian and cycle-friendly environment. Key to this approach will be the active encouragement of high-density residential development to boost the city centre population.
The Broomielaw district is the second of nine areas of the city centre to be subject to its own District Regeneration Framework (DRF) led by Austin:Smith-Lord and MVRDV. Current live proposals for the area include a 200,000sq/ft office block at Carrick Square and a 498-home PRS build immediately adjacent to the M8.
Council leader Susan Aitken, said: “These ambitious plans will help the council and our partners to bring Broomielaw to its full potential and allow the area to take its proper place in the life of the city. This is a part of Glasgow that has enormous scope to influence the future development of the city centre and the river corridor.”
Upon conclusion of the consultation on 5 April and council approval the final DRF its guidelines will be formally embraced as a material consideration for all subsequent planning applications across the district.
Challenges identified at the Broomielaw include sparse development, depopulation and car-centric public realm
High-density, mixed-use development will be encouraged to enable the city centre to embrace the riverfront