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October 23 2019

A former garage gives ground to 50 car-free Govanhill homes

An former Arnold Clark garage in Glasgow’s Govanhill is to make way for 50 car-free homes after planners gave the nod to a cycle-friendly development that contains just 19 unallocated visitor bays.

Backed by AS Homes and Southside Housing Association the Allison Street project has been designed by George Buchanan Architects to capitalise on planning policy which prioritises development in high-amenity locations well served by public transport.

In lieu of backcourt parking, an expanded area of amenity space is provided including a 100sq/m community garden. The traffic-free move has also enabled amenity flats to be extended by an average of 5% above Glasgow Standard Space requirements.

It is also expected that the development will form part of the South City Way, a £6.5m public realm programme to improve cycle and walking routes from Victoria Road to the wider cycle network by 2020.

In a statement, the applicant wrote: “It has been demonstrated that the site is highly accessible by sustainable modes of transport, whilst the lack of allocated car parking bays and increased cycle storage promote sustainable, active travel. These align with Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council policies and initiatives for sustainable development and travel.”

All tenants will be non-car owners, managed via a clause in individual lease agreements.

On-street parking bays will provide space for visitors and wheelchair users
On-street parking bays will provide space for visitors and wheelchair users
The loss of parking enables more generous amenity spaces to be created
The loss of parking enables more generous amenity spaces to be created

11 Comments

airdrieman
#1 Posted by airdrieman on 23 Oct 2019 at 13:57 PM
John, we appreciate its South Glasgow which is almost abroad for your city centre types but the garage is no more. it is gone. flattened. type 1 aggregate for 2 months now...
John Glenday
#2 Posted by John Glenday on 23 Oct 2019 at 15:15 PM
Glad to hear this one is motoring!
airdrieman
#3 Posted by airdrieman on 23 Oct 2019 at 20:45 PM
If this one is motoring then the demolition of what every woman wants on argyl street is crashing on.



I'll get me coat.....
Neil Peterson
#4 Posted by Neil Peterson on 23 Oct 2019 at 21:19 PM
At the Public Meeting Southside Housing Association admitted the could not police the no car bit of the lease. Do you have a car, eh naw. Sign here you are in. The area is already overpopulated. Ramming as many flats on the site without some parking arrangements just adds to the problem.
GG
#5 Posted by GG on 23 Oct 2019 at 21:33 PM
Yellow bricks simply don't work, they look awful.
There a distinct lack of detail regarding bicycle storage. Where is it how secure is it? Or will tenants be expected to keep bike in sitting room as per usual.

Where are wheelchair accessible properties?
Sounds like usualhigh density housing
airdrieman
#6 Posted by airdrieman on 23 Oct 2019 at 22:21 PM
#4 rubbish! Streets are now empty of cars that were there for the hire shop.
David
#7 Posted by David on 24 Oct 2019 at 10:11 AM
I totally disagree with the area becoming 'overpopulated,' it is a central Glasgow neighbourhood, the more density the better, more like its European counterparts! Anyone who finds it too crowded or busy should move to the suburbs.
Charlie_
#8 Posted by Charlie_ on 24 Oct 2019 at 12:32 PM
I'm guessing by 'overpopulated' Neil means 'a bit tricky to park in'.
Gandalf the Pink
#9 Posted by Gandalf the Pink on 24 Oct 2019 at 15:06 PM
The site is between two railway lines/stations and right beside a main bus route into the city centre. It is also a couple of blocks away from the South City Way cycle route.

Car parking is not an essential part of city living.

Public transport is.
airdrieman
#10 Posted by airdrieman on 24 Oct 2019 at 22:07 PM
Right. That's the car parking sorted.
'yellow bricks'....? Racist!
The G Man
#11 Posted by The G Man on 5 Nov 2019 at 17:13 PM
These plans for such buildings stick out like sore thumbs to allow the surrounding properties to look like ancient structures that should be demolished, not a building that corresponds with surrounding property with exception to the roof height which is probably earns a planning department thumbs up as these box flats are popping up everywhere, next to faceless and built with little imagination, the job of an architect must be pure dead easy these days, it seems very little effort is employed in the design process.

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