Low carbon community plans for derelict riverfront site approved

The plans will see over 1,000 new homes built alongside a 200-room hotel and leisure space with adventure golf in Glasgow.

Low carbon community plans on Yorkhill Quay for derelict Clyde riverfront site approved in Glasgow Glasgow Waters

Plans to build a low carbon community with over 1,000 new homes, a 200-bedroom hotel, and a leisure space including adventure golf have been approved in Glasgow.

On Tuesday, Glasgow City Council granted planning permission at the derelict Yorkhill Quay site on the northern banks of the River Clyde for the community, named Glasgow Waters.

The plans from real estate developer Peel L&P include 1,100 new homes for open market, build-to-rent and co-living alongside a 200-bedroom hotel, commercial space and 2,500 square metres of land for leisure use including adventure golf.

The development will help connect neighbourhoods in Partick and Finnieston as well as the riverfront between key tourist attractions with walkways and cycleways along a new waterfront promenade, Peel L&P say.

A series of ‘River Rooms’ can also be used as public space with panoramic views of the waterfront offering places to pause, rest or shelter on the riverfront.

Plans are under way to connect buildings at Glasgow Waters to a new low carbon heat network which could also include the proposed Therme Scotland health and wellbeing spa resort.

The network would bring forecasted carbon savings of almost 69,000 tonnes, the equivalent of planting over 78,000 trees and developers say it support Scotland’s green recovery from the pandemic.

Brian Lavalette, Peel L&P’s property director for Scotland said: “Our proposals for Glasgow Waters, a currently derelict brownfield site, will help to reactivate the River Clyde waterfront to help create a diverse and thriving community connecting the west end to the city centre.

“Plans are in keeping with the Clyde Mission and we’ve been working with the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council to develop Glasgow Waters to help the Clyde attract further investment in retail, leisure and tourism as well as creating much needed homes and new jobs.

“We’re pleased the council has recognised the benefits the scheme will bring to the area, and we look forward to being able to start on site.”

Work is expected to start towards the end of 2023.

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