Our development of the gap site beside Glasgow’s High Court has been given the go-ahead.The Scottish Government has given the green light for our landmark, new 169 studio development to be built on the gap site at Jocelyn Square, next to the famous High Court in the historic Merchant City district.
Planning permission was originally given four years ago, but after the site’s previous owner went into administration, the initial approvals expired. Urbanite has now successfully gained a 3 year extension to the original planning permission, after taking the matter to appeal.
In addition to the mix of studio apartments, the development is now set to include electric vehicle charging stations and cycling parking, as well as landscaping for trees, outdoor furnishings and public realm improvements.
The approval comes after some objections from local residents and councillors, but despite these the Government has ruled that the development will be allowed to proceed.
Government reporter Lorna MacCallum stated in her report that:
“I consider that this is an appropriate location, that it would not lead to an over-concentration of student accommodation in this area or put unsustainable pressure on existing local facilities.
I consider that the scale and design of the proposal respect the historic environment acceptably has regard to townscape considerations and is appropriate for this infill site. I am satisfied that the effects on existing levels of residential amenity would be acceptable
We look forward to getting started on the development and are thrilled we have an opportunity to bring more activity into the area and to improve the setting of the listed buildings that surround the site.