NEW flats in Glasgow’s West End could ease problems with anti-social behaviour, it has been claimed.

A design statement submitted as part of a planning application said a proposal for 34 new homes on Yorkhill Street would bring the site back to life.

But residents have hit out after it was revealed there will only be 17 parking spaces in the development if it gets the go-ahead.

Grant Murray Architects has submitted a request for planning permission on behalf of Surplus Property Solutions.

If approved, the development will include a range of two-bedroom flats over five floors, with open plan kitchen, dining and living rooms and private balconies.

The design statement, written by architect Gary Pinkerton, of Grant Murray Architects, read: “Recent new developments in the area have resulted in the site being isolated as an unsightly gap site.

“Developing the site will help reconnect the area, alleviate problems of anti-social behaviour associated with derelict land and significantly improve the visual amenity of the surroundings.

“The site is situated close to the River Clyde and has direct routes to the waterfront, including access on to the numerous national cycle routes and walking routes that line the Clyde.

“There are also many parks in the local vicinity including Overnewton Park, Yorkhill Park and Kelvingrove Park.

“All provide a range of open spaces and public facilities within walking distance of the site.”

Yorkhill Community Council chair Wendy Shaw said her organisation would support the plans.

She added: “We’re really pleased to see housing being developed in the area that’s not student accommodation.

“The parking situation does cause some mild concern because new properties have no access to residential parking.”

Resident Judith Smart also raised concerns over parking provision on the site.

She said: “Only fifty per cent of the flats will have allocated parking. This is inadequate.

“Moreover the council’s own policy states that where provision below one space per dwelling is approved, the developer will be required to notify potential residents of their possible ineligibility for residents’ parking permits.

“So, not only will residents not be able to park in their own development, they may not be able to park on the surrounding streets.”

But Justine Seager claimed less parking spaces was a good thing.

She said: “If this development encouraged those of us who just use cars out of laziness to cut them out our lives then that would be a small but great step for our neighbourhood, our city, and its shocking public health and environmental health record.”

So far one formal public objection has been submitted.

A hearing for the application has yet to be set.