Steps taken to bring Langside flats back to life

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Glasgow City Council’s planning department has approved plans to create a car park with 21 spaces at the rear of seven terrace houses on 10-22 Camphill Avenue in Langside.

Plans to install 14 dormer windows in the roof of the property, which has previously been turned into flats, have also been approved. This will allow more light into the buildings.

The number of flats within will be reduced from 41 to 21 but this did not require council approval.

Proposals were discussed by the planning committee who heard that 25 letters of objection had been submitted by members of the public.

Concerns were raised that plans would impact appearance of the building, residential amenity, the character of the area as well as harm trees and protected species.

Members of the planning committee were informed they were required to decide whether permission should be awarded to allow the applicant to carry out external operations.

A planning officer said: “This is a series of town houses which have been converted into flats over the years. Access to the lane runs behind the building.

“It is predominantly three storeys high but there is a basement element as well. The owner is going to turn 41 units into 21 but that does not need planning consent.

“The applicant wants to create a car park at the rear of the property with 21 spaces and introduce dormers with windows in the roof to allow more light into the building.

“The creation of a car park will result in the loss of trees but there is no protection given to the trees on that site.

“Four trees will be kept while five are removed for health and safety reasons. Four new trees will then be planted.”

Proposals were received well by councillors who agreed similar projects should be carried out across the city.

Councillor Allan Casey said: “I think overall this is a good plan. I really welcome the fact that this building will be upgraded and improved greatly.”

Councillor Cecilia O’Lone said: “I welcome a plan which brings a building, which has fallen into disrepair, back to life.

“It is a good example of what we can do with our buildings and how we can bring them back to order.”