Historic Environment Scotland rejects calls to list Wyndford flats
Wheatley Homes Glasgow has welcomed the decision by Historic Environment Scotland not to list four multi-storey blocks in the Wyndford community which are subject to contentious demolition plans.
The body which was set up to investigate, care for and promote Scotland’s historic environment was asked to assess the four high-rise blocks at Wyndford Road in Maryhill for listing following a request from a member of the public.
Publishing its full report this week, the heritage body ruled the buildings do not meet the criteria of special architectural or historic interest required for listing.
Wheatley Homes Glasgow has set out plans to invest £73 million in the community, including building hundreds of new net-zero, new-build homes and green spaces.
Plans will see the four blocks, which are made up of bedsits and one-bedroom flats, demolished and replaced by 255 new larger homes for social rent and 45 properties for mid-market.
Wheatley Homes Glasgow tenant chair Bernadette Hewitt has backed the decision by Historic Environment Scotland.
Ms Hewitt said: “This decision will be warmly welcomed by the overwhelming majority of tenants at Wyndford who are fully behind our plans to invest £73 million transforming their community.
“At every stage of this process, the voice and wishes of tenants needs to be heard. Tenants have told us they want larger, family homes built in Wyndford which are more energy-efficient and cheaper to run.
“The tenants’ Future Focus group will now double its efforts and work with award-winning architects to help shape the exciting plans for the new-look community.”
A small group of protesters and a number of architects had called for the blocks to be saved claiming they were of architectural importance.
However, Historic Environment Scotland stated: “We assessed the four high-rise blocks at Wyndford Road, Maryhill. Our assessment found that the buildings do not meet the criteria of special architectural or historic interest required for listing.
“While the blocks have some importance in the context of post-war housing provision, our assessment concludes that they are not early, unusual or rare examples of their building type, and that they have also been substantially remodelled.”