ALMOST 70 new flats could be developed at Port Dundas near the Glasgow Canal just off the M8 motorway.

A planning application has been submitted to Glasgow City Council to demolish the existing buildings at 124 Craighall Road to make way for 68 apartments.

Situated in between the city centre and Possilpark, Dundashill has emerged from a lacklustre post industrial state as a very promising mixed use area bringing together work, living and leisure.

If successful the development will include a residential communal lounge accessed from the main flat entrance lobby as well as an outdoor open patio area which provide space for residents to relax and socialise.

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Dundashill, which includes community space, a mix of affordable and social rental townhouses and flats is also surrounded by a number of different neighbourhoods including Possil Park, Hamiltonhill, Cowlairs and Firhill.

This project, proposed by Wellwood Leslie group, has brought in a lot of enthusiasm for further development of the area.

Developers will aim at working in parallel with these ideas.

There will be car parking provision for 46 cars including wheelchair accessible spaces and spaces with electric charging stations.

The application submitted to the council acknowledges that this parking allocation is lower than the guidelines set out by them.

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A report states: "We believe this is justifiable given the scheme is situated in an area of high accessibility, in close proximity to the city centre, with excellent links to public transport.

"Residents will benefit from very good connections within the local area which is easy to get to and from via car, public transport, walking and cycling.

"The density of the development is reflective of the inner urban location and the proximity of public transport."

It is hoped that the addition of housing will bring more people to the area as well as defining pleasant spaces and affirming a stronger local identity.

Situated at the base of the hill where Craighall Business Park is located, the site is currently occupied by a two storey Victorian brick building, developed in 1896, with a newer brick extension and single storey garages created in 1991 to the rear and with open car park.

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Despite the removal of many flats over the past 30 years the area has a strong community spirit with Port Dundas being home to Scotland’s Art Community with various centres for sculpture, dance, film and theatre.

The area will continue to be developed along the principles of Scottish Government’s policies for good design of buildings and places. Planning chiefs at the council will discuss the application in due course.