Get Living Group submits revised plans for 1,500 new homes in Glasgow

By Drew Sandelands Local Democracy Reporter & John Glover

A property developer has launched a new bid to build more than 1,500 homes on a former goods yard near the High Street in Glasgow.

Get Living Group plans to offer build-to-rent and student accommodation, as well as retail, leisure and food and drink uses in the new site.

It had previously secured permission for homes and student accommodation on the former college goods yard, next to No 4 Parsonage Square, but has decided to alter the plans due to the pandemic.

Proposed changes include more green spaces, an “enhanced gateway” from High Street and fewer tall buildings.

If approved, the project would include 823 apartments for private rent, 687 student rooms and 411 square metres for small businesses, retail and leisure facilities.

The developer stated: “There is a compelling case to revisit the scheme and diversify the offer, building on learning from the pandemic to create a more community focused mixed-use development that will be sustainable and resilient for residents and the local community and economy alike.”

The application adds the revised plan will create a “genuine and exciting new neighbourhood” on land which is currently vacant or used as a car park.

Previous plans were approved in December 2018, with the new application explaining why it has not progressed, including viability and delivery challenges, particularly relating to civil engineering costs, and changes in response to the pandemic.

Get Living claims the changes will “benefit not only residents but the city as a whole and show a clear commitment to the local community and creating a truly sustainable long-term proposal”.

There will be a single, taller building, representing a “change in approach from the consented proposal which proposed a large number of tall buildings across the site”.

Originally, there had been seven buildings of 12 storeys or above and three buildings of 17 storeys and above. Under the new proposal, there is a “predominant building height” of nine or 10 storeys, with a single 20-storey building.

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