Former Glasgow Hospital site parking reduced to make room for allotments

By Catherine Hunter

The number of parking spaces to be included at a housing development on the former Ruchill Hospital site has been reduced to make way for allotments.

At the beginning of the month Glasgow City councillors agreed to transform the site, which closed in 1998, and allow more than 400 homes to be developed.

A condition to reduce the amount of car parking from 160% to 125% provision was included in the conditions in order to meet the council’s sustainable transport policy.

A new term that the spaces removed would be replaced with usable amenity space including a children’s play area, green space and a place for food growing was agreed by councillors on Tuesday morning.

Sarah Shaw, head of planning at Glasgow City Council, said: “This is really just an update on reworded condition 33 which takes on board the car parking spaces and the reuse of that space for a children’s area and community allotments.”

Members asked for assurances that by agreeing to this condition there would be enough room for all the amenity space.

Councillor Ken Andrew said: “My understanding was that by reducing the amount of car parking space we would create space for formal growth on the site.

“We are just looking for some comfort that will happen and it won’t just be a case of we will try or we will look at. We want to know it will be done.”

The council agreed that it could ask for a certain amount of space to be reserved for food growth on the site.

Ms Shaw added: “What I am not sure about is what size that equates to and whether there is a space for doing that.

“I think it could be feasible and we can bear that in mind.”

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