Glasgow rejects homes plan at former East End bus depot



A bid to transform a former First Bus depot in Glasgow’s East End into 139 new homes has been rejected by the local authority.

AS Homes (Scotland) had lodged plans to develop three hectares at 252 Tollcross Road in Parkhead.

The developer wanted to build 143 homes including 112 two and three-bed semi-detached and terraced homes plus three four-storey blocks containing a total of 31 flats.

A planning report prepared by EMA Architects had claimed that the development would “create a sustainable new neighbourhood”, provide “much-needed family and affordable homes” and give a “new positive frontage” to Tollcross Road.

However, Glasgow City Council has refused the application citing significant privacy issues, reduced quality of amenity space and a lack of cycle parking and details on electric vehicle charging facilities.

The council’s decision stated: “Overall the site layout has a range of limitations and fails to deliver the council’s place-making policy through significant privacy issues, lack of and reduced quality of private amenity space, public amenity space inappropriately located, no landscaping strategy, parking provision is deficient and no cycle parking or details of passive electric vehicular charging facilities are provided.

“The increased use of parking courts amounts to an overuse of hard landscaping throughout the site with the site boundaries lacking the required strong frontage at this location.

“The failure to provide the appropriate density through a variation in scale and massing severely impacts the quality of amenity and leads to monotonous continuation of two-storey terraced dwellings and a development lacking any distinction or architectural interest throughout.”



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