Flats plan near church

COMMUNITY representatives have hit out at a plan to build a block of flats behind a B-listed church in Pollokshields.

The proposal would see nine two-bedroomed new-build flats sited at 36 Sherbrooke Drive – behind Sherbrooke St Gilbert's church.

Concerns have been voiced thatv this would overshadow the historic building that is renowned for its stained-glass windows.

In 2008, a similar application was submitted by the same agents, A and A Neil on behalf of Antonio Spadi.

The southside community fought against the proposals and itthe application was subsequently refused by the council and then the Scottish government.

Pollokshields councillor David Meikle told The Extra: "I am surprised they have decided to submit an application to build flats and a car park on this site.

"Local residents and I feel this new proposal is also inappropriate for the site. The block of flats would not be in keeping with the other properties in the street.

"And the site lies in a conservation area, next to the B-Listed church. I have therefore submitted an objection".

In a letter to the council's planning officer, Councillor Meikle says it would be "intrusive and detrimental to the amenity and character" of the area and the "view of the stained glass window at the rear (of the church) would be detrimentally affected".

The church's specially designed stained, mouthblown glass windows were installed after the building was ravaged by fire in 1994, its centenary year.

The roof collapsed, destroying what was a new 130,000 stained glass window.

The replacement windows include prisms, lenses and textured glass and was made by Susan Bradbury, of the Stained Glass Design Partnership of Kilmaurs.

Agents A and A Neil refused to comment.

A Glasgow city council spokesman confirmed the application had been submitted to the council and would be considered in due course at the planning committee.