Council aims to boost city living

08/06/16 .  GLASGOW. Glasgow City Centre. Buchanan Street . Shoppers , shoppers in the sun , stock shot of Buchanan Street.
08/06/16 . GLASGOW. Glasgow City Centre. Buchanan Street . Shoppers , shoppers in the sun , stock shot of Buchanan Street.

Glasgow City Council is staging a new bid to boost residential living in the city centre - currently home to an estimated 28,000 people.

The team will consider the current city centre residential market, existing and vacant residential space, and examine live planning applications to clarify market interest.

It will also consider which areas in the city centre are most viable for residential expansion, the possibility of converting former commercial and office space for residential uses, and which districts in the city centre would be best suited to different housing types.

Private renting initiatives already developed in cities such as Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield, will also be studied.

Council leader Councillor Frank McAveety said: “The city centre operates in a rapidly changing environment, and it seems likely that there will be both greater demand for city centre living and the opportunity to do so.

“So it is wise to consider all the options in front of us to ensure that the city centre continues to be a fantastic place in which to not only live, but work, study and invest in.”