Developer bats off planning refusal in Glasgow’s west end
August 7 2019
The developer behind plans to build 19 flats in Glasgow’s west end has appealed after planners objected to the demolition of a ‘neutral’ unlisted building because it ‘would be detrimental to the character and appearance’ of the conservation area.
Concerns were raised by officials at the loss of trees arising from the increased footprint of a new apartment block designed by Holmes Miller Architects, together with worries that ‘it would erode the balance of buildings and space which characterises the street’.
The biggest stumbling block appears to be the potential presence of bats in the building with planners upset that no surveys had been carried out to confirm their presence.
Dismissing such concerns Rossweir has appealed to the Scottish government, arguing that their design would ‘enhance’ the area by replacing the ‘unsightly’ current building.
It is the latest twist for a contentious triangle of land at 127 Fergus Drive, which has become a battleground among locals concerned at a potential loss of amenity from the demolition of the abandoned office building.
Previous plans drawn up by CMM for a 77-room apart-hotel were thrown out in 2017.