Cala Homes welcomes Jordanhill campus plan approval as objectors vow to fight on

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Developers have welcomed the go ahead for controversial development plans in the West End.

Glasgow’s planning applications committee approved proposals for the former Jordanhill College campus site following a marathon session Tuesday.

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Marathon: campaigners had been turned away from the meeting because of lack of space

Approval came despite a near year-long campaign by hundreds of people in the community – and more than 900 objections to the plans.

Cala Homes now has permission it needs to build 412 houses and apartments on the former college site.

The objections had been led by Jordanhill Community Council.

A spokesman said: “We are extremely disappointed with the decisions reached by the members of the Planning Applications Committee taken without the benefit of visiting and understanding the site.

“Jordanhill Community Council and partners Jordanhill School Educational Amenities Trust Fund, Jordanhill Out of School Service Ltd, and other parties – namely many hundreds of local residents – raised objections to the two applications (Matters Specified in Conditions and Listed Building Consent) on the grounds that the proposed development at Jordanhill Campus is non-compliant with principle development policies.”

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Defeat; objectors say they are disappointed but have vowed to fight on

“We will continue to seek justice and look forward to the outcome of our Judicial Review Petition which was heard in the Court of Session on 16 and 17 November 2017.

“This challenged the Planning Decision Notice of 26 January 2016 that granted Planning Permission in Principle for and provides a foundation for today’s consents.”

He added: “We would consider it a breach of natural justice if any work was to commence on the Campus site prior to a Court verdict.

“The University of Strathclyde has acted in self-interest throughout the whole process and we have now asked our local MSP to raise the matter of capital receipts with the Minister of Education at Scottish Government.

“Meanwhile we are considering our options which may include the raising of a further Judicial Review Petition in response to granting of consents”.”

Earlier, almost 100 objectors had turned up for the hearing at the City Chambers.

But most had to be turned away because the room set aside could only take 14 objectors.

The council said the room had been the biggest available.

After more than four hours of submissions and argument, members of the committee voted the plans through.

The £100m scheme will create hundreds of jobs and boost the city economy, developers argued.

The decision signals a windfall for the site owners Strathclyde University.

Jim McIntyre, managing director, CALA Homes (West), said: “We’re pleased that the planning committee has approved our proposals.

“We’re confident that our plans will deliver a fantastic new residential development that will meet the demand for high quality housing in Glasgow, create valuable new jobs and build on the legacy of Jordanhill Campus.”

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