Former secondary school to be transformed into 40 homes for over 55s

Plans for 35 two-bedroom flats and a one-bed flat at the site of Queens Park Secondary School have been approved.

Former Queens Park Secondary School to be transformed into homes for over 55s in Glasgow LDRS

Almost 40 new affordable homes for people over 55 will be developed at the former Queens Park Secondary School after proposals were approved.

An application for 35 two-bedroom flats and a one-bed flat was presented to members of Glasgow City Council’s planning committee on Wednesday morning.

The properties will be built on 75 Grange Road and operated by Sanctuary Housing Association near the new Victoria Hospital and Battlefield Gardens.

Councillors were made aware that 12 objections had been received from Langside, Battlefield and Camphill Community Council, Mount Florida Community Council and members of the public about the proposals for the former school site which was demolished between 1995 and 2005. 

It has since been used as a temporary car park for the hospital.

Councillor Paul Leinster said: “This application is for a development in my ward and I know the area very well.

“I like the fact that it reinstates that block which has been a car park for quite a long time and was traditionally a big Victorian school.

“I understand the objections local residents have but ultimately we are returning a big building that has always been on that site.

“I am a bit concerned about the white brick as white tends to get dirty and while local residents might prefer that, I worry we will end up with dirty streaks down the walls but I do think it will fit in nicely with what’s there.

“I am very much supportive of the development but I am concerned about the white rendering turning not so white very quickly.”

A council officer confirmed that the planning department didn’t like using white rendering particularly on busy roads and that they hoped the applicants will choose a material that will stand the test of time. 

Councillor Eva Bollandar added: “There are a lot of elements I like about this application.

“I like the fact that they are taking into account the communal areas and I always say you can’t create a community unless you have a common space to look after together.

“There was one thing that I would like clarified is the impact of overshadowing and daylight. What is the impact on neighbouring properties?”

Officers confirmed that, despite concerns from residents, a sunlight study had been carried out which demonstrated that lack of daylight during the winter months would not have an “overbearing effect” on the properties across the road. 

Following the discussions proposals were agreed unanimously by the committee.

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