Old Glasgow college site could be used for new homes

Glasgow City CouncilAround 75 flats could be built at the site of a fire-ravaged college in the West End of Glasgow, according to reports.

New plans for the homes, at the former Balshagray campus, on Broomhill Drive, are set to go before Glasgow City Council by the end of this month.

The site, formerly owned by Anniesland College, was hit by fire earlier this week, with firefighters called out to a blaze in the derelict building on Tuesday night.

The extent of the damage is not known but Edinburgh-based architects EMA, who are drawing up the plans for the new development, said the fire would not affect their proposals.

A spokesman said they were working on designs for a major development for Glasgow-based Kelvin Properties.

Permission was granted last year for around 45 homes at the site but the property company pulled out, the spokesman said, and Kelvin Properties came on board.

He said the property firm could have taken over the previous scheme with the planning permission in place but wanted to extend the development to include the swimming pool. It was not previously part of the plans so a new planning application is required.

The new development would see between 70 and 75 homes being built.

He said they had already held meetings with the council and described them as ‘positive.’

He told the Evening Times: “If the council are amenable to the new designs, it could go through within four months.

“If consent is given, we would hope work could begin by the end of this year or early next year.

“We were made aware of the fire but not of the extent of any damage. We are keen to see the site developed.

“The longer it stands as it is, the higher the risk of something like the fire happening.”

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland confirmed the fire was not being treated as suspicious.

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