Shawlands Arcade decision delayed for site visit and public hearing

Shawlands Arcade decision delayed for site visit and public hearing

A decision on whether to approve a major regeneration of the Shawlands Arcade in Glasgow has been put on hold to allow a hearing to take place.

The £150 million regeneration plan designed by Haus Collective will see the 1960s retail development on Kilmarnock Road swept aside in favour of hundreds of new homes above ground floor shops.

Under the new proposals, which were updated ahead of a community consultation last May, the first stage will have 330 one, two and three-bedroom build-to-rent apartments, ground floor shops and commercial space, and communal landscaped roof gardens and terraces.

The plan was approved in principle in March and had been recommended for full approval by planning officers ahead of yesterday’s meeting of Glasgow City Council’s planning committee.

Subject to detailed plans being approved, Clydebuilt LP, a partnership between Strathclyde Pension Fund and Ediston Real Estate, will start work on phase one next summer, allowing retailers to relocate before work on a second phase of a further 300 homes starts in 2026.

Shawlands Arcade decision delayed for site visit and public hearing

However, councillors decided to hold a site visit and a public hearing before ruling on whether to approve the development.

Councillor Ken Andrew, the planning committee chairman, said: “We’ve had a number of requests that we have a site visit and a hearing. I would like to propose that we do that.”

He added he wanted “some assurance from the education department” that the area could accommodate the development.

In total, 186 objections have been sent to the council, including from Pollokshields councillors Zen Ghani, Jon Molyneux and Norman MacLeod as well as Shawlands and Strathbungo Community Council and tenants’ union Living Rent.

Objectors have claimed there is a lack of social housing in the proposal. A 365-signature petition opposing the plan was also submitted. There have been 68 letters of support from members of the public

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