Mount Florida Bowling Club flats proposal to be heard by Scottish Government

A developer has lodged an appeal into the refusal of planning permission for apartments at a Glasgow bowling club.

Mount Florida Bowling Club flats proposal to be heard by Scottish Government

How the housing proposal could look (Image by JM Architects)

Noah Developments wanted to build 40 flats across two blocks of five floors at the Mount Florida Bowling Club site on Carmunnock Road.

Councillors rejected the proposal in November, despite being recommended to approve the application by planning officials.

Glasgow City Council’s planning applications committee refused the application after concerns were raised over the loss of community amenity and the design not being in keeping with the area.

More than 600 objections were received over the residential proposal but also 120 letters of support.

A proposal by local campaigners Mount Florida Community Trust to turn the site into a community sports and leisure facility, which had attracted around 160 letters of support, was previously approved by the committee.

The bowling club had voted in 2019 to sell the land to Noah Developments which is now hoping a reporter appointed by the Scottish Government’s planning and environmental appeals division will overturn the council’s decision.

Their appeal statement argues: “Glasgow City Council’s decision to refuse planning application…was contrary to the recommendation of the council’s planning case officer and the views expressed in key consultee responses, and was an entirely unreasonable decision.

“The council’s unreasonable behaviour was amplified by the fact that in determining to refuse the planning application…the council’s planning committee were unable to confirm the reasons for their decision, relying instead on council officers to draft reasons for refusal.

“The detailed evidence which forms part of this appeal clearly demonstrates that the proposals are in accordance with the development plan and are supported by relevant material considerations.”

The flats are designed by JM Architects to be in two residential blocks, each with five floors. Ten three-bed duplexes were proposed plus six one-bedroom apartments and 24 two-bed apartments.

A large area of publicly-accessible green space was to be provided, the details of which would be drawn up after public consultation.

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