Tollcross flats and commercial units plan rejected

Glasgow City Council has rejected proposals for flats and commercial units at a Tollcross gap site.

Cater Group Ltd previously submitted plans to develop a four-storey building at 1042 Tollcross Road.

If approved, six flats would have been built above a retail unit and a hot-food takeaway, ReGlasgow reports.

City officials refused permission for various reasons. Their decision notice reads: “The proposal fails to meet the necessary placemaking qualities in terms of inappropriate design and materiality, impact on the character of the street scene and the impact on the amenity of existing residents through loss of privacy and amenity afforded to future residents.

“The information received also fails to demonstrate the significant ground conditions could be suitably addressed.”

“The proposed hot food takeaway as part of a residential block, within close proximity of residential properties, is also contrary to the council placemaking principles.”

Other issues listed include:

  • The takeaway would mean that the accepted level of food and drink uses within the street block had been exceeded.
  • The scale and design of the commercial units compromised the level of amenity afforded to future residents.
  • Lack of cycle provision for staff/visitors to the commercial units failed to encourage active travel.

A supporting statement included with the application argued: “This site has lain vacant for some considerable time and this proposal should be seen as an opportunity to encourage a well-considered design solution.”

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