Rejected … controversial plans for 39 flats on Finnieston open space are thrown out

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A community is celebrating after plans to build flats at a former bowling club were rejected by the city’s planning committee.

Glasgow-based developers Nixon Blue Ltd wanted to turn the former greens at Corunna Bowling Club on St Vincent Crescent into a complex of 39 flats and duplex apartments.

It acquired the site in October after the club folded.

Fight to save Corunna green space
Campaign: the local residents’ association has been fighting the application

But St Vincent Crescent, Corunna and Minerva Street Residents’ Association fought the application.

More than 350 written objections were received to the plans.

In the end, the council’s rejection of the scheme was pretty comprehensive.

It said what was proposed was contrary to a host of planning guidelines and therefore City Development Plan policy.

‘Protected open space’

A letter setting out the reasons for refusal states: “The application site is classed as a protected open space in the Glasgow City Development Plan 2017 and is considered to have open space value under the criteria set out in Supplementary Guidance SG 6 – Green Space and Green Network.

“The proposed development (both the residential proposal and public open space in front of it) is not considered to better serve the local community or enhance the value of the space and is therefore contrary to City Development Plan policy.”

The committee didn’t like the “building design, scale, massing and materiality” of the proposed residential development.

It said it would “detrimentally impact upon the character and setting of the Category A listed terrace”.

St Vincent Crescent and the former Corunna Bowling Club
Splendour: St Vincent Crescent lies within a conservation area

It will “neither preserve nor enhance the character of the St Vincent Crescent Conservation Area”, it said.

Jim Lynch is the convener of St Vincent Crescent, Corunna and Minerva Street Residents’ Association.

He said: “Glasgow city council did a very thorough job accessing the proposal and the outcome is totally consistent with the protection of our heritage and green space for the citizens of Glasgow.

“The decision is consistent with the views of citizens and residents as evidenced by the 360 written objections the proposal stimulated.

“I would also like to thank our elected representatives for their enormous support. They were unanimous in their condemnation of the proposal.”

‘Fight goes on’

Yorkhill & Kelvingrove Community Council said it was delighted with the outcome, but warned against complacency.

Secretary Lee Grant said: “We now wait to hear if the developer will appeal this decision or whether they will submit another application.

“Whilst we can all relax for a short while, the fight goes on until the green space is no longer under threat.”

Corunna Bowling Club was one of three bowling clubs that run along listed St Vincent Crescent.

The greens were formerly pleasure gardens laid out with the crescent in Victoria times – and now fall within a conservation area.

Corunna Bowling Club
Greens: the former Corunna Bowling Club was acquired by developers when it folded last year

The developers had hoped to win over planners by leaving a large part of the site as open space.

It had proposed to equip most of the flats with underground parking.

It also proposed to finish the facade of the flats in a blonde sandstone to compliment the surrounding properties.

Glasgow West End Today was contacting Nixon Blue for comment.

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