Glasgow job centre to be converted into flats after rejection overturned
Developer Spectrum Properties has successfully appealed to have its plans to convert a Glasgow job centre into flats approved.
Last year, the firm had submitted plans to turn the Muslin Street building, which was closed by the UK Government in 2018, into 49 new homes.
The Bridgeton office closed in February the next year and was marketed by Savills. Spectrum Properties bought the site in April this year and proposed the change of use to deliver 39 one-bedroom and 10 two-bedroom flats for private rent.
Glasgow City Council had refused the plans due to privacy issues, the lack of open space, limited parking and a failure to “offer good quality accommodation”.
Spectrum Properties argued the proposal has been revised, and many of the issues could have been resolved if they had been raised by council staff prior to the original decision.
Glasgow’s planning local review committee has now ruled the development can go ahead.
Cllr Martin Mcelroy said: “While I agree there are things that are maybe not ideal, I think there are a lot of positives as well, particularly around keeping what, I think, is quite an attractive building and giving it a new lease of life.
“It is the type of development the council supports in principle, it is just whether or not we are happy with the details.
“For me, there’s a number of things that I do really like, it’s in such a highly accessible area, which means that I don’t have any concerns about having to deviate from our car parking policy.
“Knowing the area pretty well, I think we have had an over-reliance on social landlords over the years to do developments.”