Jordanhill community leaders urge ‘huge’ turnout for crunch campus plans hearing

City Chambers in Glasgow
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Opponents of a major housing development in the West End are being asked to pack out a crucial planning hearing.

The campaign against the current proposals for the former Jordanhill College campus comes to a head on Tuesday.

A pre-determination hearing at the City Chambers will decide whether the plans submitted by housebuilder Cala Homes (West) go ahead or not.

Jordanhill and planning hearing
Crunch: the hearing will determine whether the campus plans go ahead

Residents say they are not against development of the derelict former campus – only that 412 homes is too many for the site.

Objectors fear the scale of the proposals will generate high levels of traffic and put strain on local infrastructure.

A campaign has mobilised objectors, packing out public meetings, while raising almost £50,000 to fight a legal battle against the plans.

A judicial review opposing the development was heard at the Court of Session in Edinburgh last week.

But community leaders say there is “much to be done”.

Jordanhill Community Council is asking for as many people as possible to attend Tuesday’s planning applications committee hearing.

Jordanhill campus plans and hearing
Scale: objectors say the scheme as it is too big

A letter to residents reads: “The hearing is scheduled to take place in a committee room on the second floor of the City Chambers and we have been advised that there will be limited space for the public.

“We believe this is unacceptable and that residents who wish to witness the democratic process in action should be allowed to do so.

“It would make a strong statement in itself about the widespread concern within Jordanhill regarding the current Campus proposals if there was a HUGE turnout of local residents, even – or perhaps especially – if many are turned away.

“While the hearing has been scheduled for 11.00am, we would recommend that you arrive well in advance – perhaps as early as 10.15am. Please also encourage friends and neighbours to attend.”

The hearing is likely to last most of the day, according to objectors.

Submissions will be made by council officials, ward councillors, as well as representatives of both Jordanhill Community Council and Cala Homes.

When all sides have had their say, the planning committee will decide on the applications matters specified in conditions and listed building consent.

Jordanhill campus plans ans hearing
Marathon: the hearing could last for most of the day

Cala Homes (West) has invested a lot of time and money its plans for the site as preferred bidder.

It says its proposals are sympathetic and will bring about a transformation of the site to the benefit of the area.

The housebuilder says that almost 200 jobs will be created by the £94 million development, which they insist will significantly boost the Glasgow economy.

The development would raise an extra £1.3 million in council tax, while 420 trees are set to be planted at the site.

A new community facility operated by Glasgow Life will also be made available to local schools, a claim contested by objectors who say the facility already exists.

The campus is still owned by the University of Strathclyde that will be hoping for planning consents that will bring it millions of pounds.

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