THE Scottish Government may intervene to save a much-loved community green space in the heart of Glasgow’s West End after the council approved plans for executive flats.

Campaigners working to save the North Kelvin Meadow, off Clouston Street, have launched an online petition asking the Government to call in – and reject – proposals for flats submitted by New City Vision.

They say Glasgow City Council cannot make the decision because as it stands to make money from developers, and not from the Children’s Wood proposals, there is a clear conflict of interest.

Emily Cutts, chairman of the Children’s Wood, said: “We believe that the council has not paid due consideration to planning concerns – just four of 1000 people’s objections were looked at.

“According to the Scottish Government’s own criteria we are asking them to call in – and reject – the developer’s plans.”

In 2013, the Scottish Government issued a directive compelling Glasgow City Council to inform ministers if it was minded to approve the developers’ proposals. There are now discussions with the local authority.

A Scottish Government spokesman confirmed that it would be looking at the issue, with ministers briefed next week.

He added: “Scottish planning policy expects planning to protect, enhance and promote green infrastructure, which includes open space, play spaces and green networks, as an integral component of successful place making.”

A spokesman for Glasgow City Council confirmed that it would be sending relevant details to Scottish Government ministers for consideration.