City officials are being asked to approve an application to turn former public toilets into self-catering tourist accommodation at Cathedral Square in Glasgow.

Permission was previously granted for the two-bedroom property to be turned into a restaurant after the applicant leased the building from Glasgow City Council on a 25-year deal, but now a change-of-use application has been submitted.

The proposal is pending assessment by the city council’s planning department.

A statement submitted to the planners read: “The Cathedral Square former public convenience is in a unique location, adjacent to both the cathedral and Necropolis, as well as within close walking distance of the city centre and all major transport hubs.

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“It is an unusual and interesting building that would become a very distinctive tourist accommodation offer. It is proposed that it could be converted into a highly-individual short-term holiday let.”

The plan involves the property’s mansard roof being re-clad in high quality rolled copper finishes and a high level of natural light would be provided through roof glazing which would follow the existing pattern of pitched rooflights.

On the outside it would be accessed through the existing pathways, however inner secure railings would be added to match the existing outer railings and surrounding landscape would be enhanced to provide screening from the road.

The statement continues: “The guiding concept behind this conversion is to be able to develop what is, in essence a ‘dispersed hotel’ where central management can oversee a city-wide network of well-located but unusual/idiosyncratic lettable spaces that convert disused building types from old retail units, public conveniences, disused electrical substations, redundant transport infrastructure etc and creates a network of short-term tourism letting that does not impinge on the city’s valuable housing stock and allows visitors to engage with the city in a much more immersive way than staying in a large hotel or guesthouse.

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“We feel that re-energising existing built heritage, unsuitable for permanent housing, that has been overlooked, presents multiple benefits; from regenerating disused buildings, offering low-priced buildings to convert/reuse and creating unusual and characterful places to stay – something emerging tourism markets are demanding.

“The applicant already owns a Glasgow-based property management company as well as a developing series of unusual tourism developments across the west of Scotland. Therefore, they have the back-of-house infrastructure already in place to be scaled up as and when more properties are added to the network.

“In relation to the Cathedral Square site, we are envisaging that the converted building will appeal to a wide range of travellers. From business travellers attending conferences and events related to the adjacent hospital and universities to tourist visitors seeking larger self-catering accommodation very close to the city centre and all of its attractions as well as tourists using this as a base to visit a wider area around Glasgow.

“We would envisage a minimum of two nights booking and a maximum of ten d