Council rejects bid to convert A-listed flats into aparthotel

The application for seven flats in Glasgow's Crown Circus was rejected by planning bosses due to 'hindering the provision of homes for local people'.

Glasgow City Council turfs out bid to convert A-listed flats into aparthotel over loss of housing LDRS

A bid to turn seven West End flats in an A-listed building into an aparthotel has been rejected by council planners.

Glasgow City Council received an application for permission to change the use of properties at 3 Crown Circus.

The applicant, George Campbell, wanted to make the flats available to visitors to the city through letting company Pillow Partners.

But planning officials ruled the proposal would “hinder the provision of homes for local people,” and was expected to “raise unacceptable noise levels”.

They added the development was “not deemed compatible with the surrounding predominantly residential area by virtue of its impact on noise level, intensification of activity, waste management and associated disturbance”.

The use of residential bins was “not considered appropriate” and “the lack of manned reception” and “on-site management” was contrary to council policy, officials reported. 

One of a curving terrace of A-listed buildings, 3 Crown Circus has a front door entrance for six flats and a separate basement entrance for the seventh.

A statement submitted on behalf of Mr Campbell said the serviced apartments wouldn’t share an entrance with any flat “not within the ownership of the applicant”.

It added exceptions to a presumption against using houses for commercial purposes could be considered when “the amenity of neighbouring properties will not be prejudiced” and the property has “a private direct access”.

Check-in and check-out times would “not be at anti-social hours” and “good neighbour house rules” to cover issues such as parties, smoking and loud music would be enforced, the application claimed.

It anticipated guests would stay for “two to three nights per apartment” and flats were “expected to be occupied at least 250 nights per year”.

The plans added: “Given the management arrangements that will be put in place, and rigidly enforced, it is unlikely that there would be any adverse impact upon the residential amenities of the occupiers of any neighbouring properties.”

They also argued short-term letting has “significant economic benefits to the local area” and “these will outweigh the loss of residential accommodation”.

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