Plans approved for 121 affordable homes on former Glasgow bus depot site

Link Group, in partnership with Govanhill Housing Association, has been awarded planning approval to build 121 apartments at the former site of Larkfield bus depot.

Plans approved for 121 affordable homes on former Glasgow bus depot site

Designed by Hypostyle Architects, the project will complement Link’s current phase of development, which is on site and delivering 186 mid-market rent homes at Butterbiggins Road and due to complete this summer.

Link Group commercial director Colin Culross said: “We are delighted planning has been approved for the second phase of our Butterbiggins Road development in Glasgow, in partnership with Govanhill Housing Association.

“The project will deliver 121 new homes for Link’s highly successful retirement living homes product, together with amenity homes and a small element of family housing. 60 homes are available for social rent, 33 for mid-market rent and 28 homes will be available for New Supply Shared Equity, all adding to the rich diversity of housing already in the area.

“The development, made possible by support from Glasgow City Council’s Development and Regeneration Services and Scottish Government funding, will complete the larger redevelopment of the former bus depot site, significantly enhancing the area.”

Plans approved for 121 affordable homes on former Glasgow bus depot site

Mr Culross added: “This development best illustrates our commitment of providing homes, working together, building communities and valuing people, which supports our vision of improving the lives of people by providing homes they want to live in, and delivering high-quality services that are affordable, especially to those on low incomes.”

The site was previously the subject of applications for a Lidl supermarket and smaller commercial/retail units. Permission was given for the supermarket but Lidl had changed its mind.

The bus depot closed in 2014 and was relocated to a new purpose built facility in nearby Cathcart Road.

A design statement submitted with the application explained: “The development of the Butterbiggins site offers the chance to finally complete the missing corner of this revitalised residential area. By referring to the historical context of the Govanhill tenements in both detailing (projecting string courses and window orientation) and urban form (courtyard building form) and referencing the historical use of the site (cloister brick walls of the Larkfield Bus Garage) this contemporary design is underpinned by a strong awareness of its genius loci.”

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