Forum calls for rethink

The redevelopment of the former iconic Glasgow hospital site has caused some concerns amongst local community councils
The redevelopment of the former iconic Glasgow hospital site has caused some concerns amongst local community councils

A campaign group who are critical of the redevelopment of the former Victoria Infirmary are calling for a planning application to be put on hold.

Victoria Forum, a group of like-minded individuals with representation from local community councils, claim that developers The Sanctuary Group have failed to provide the masterplan they had previously promised.

The stated policy of Glasgow City Council as the first stage of the redevelopment of the hospital site is to create such a plan.

A spokesman said: “The council committed in writing last February to Langside CC that this requirement was to be considered first by the Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm City Policy Committee and if adopted would become a material consideration when the planning application is determined.”

Sanctuary has submitted a planning application for the site but not produced a masterplan. Instead it has stated in its planning statement that some of its documents effectively constitute said plan.

The Forum have rejected the planning application as neither adequate nor effective and are now calling for the public consultation period to be extended beyond October 31.

Peter Martin, Sanctuary’s Group Director – Development, said: “Our planning application was validated in consultation with Glasgow City Council’s planning department and fully meets the statutory requirements. Our masterplan is limited to the site itself, in line with the planning process.”