A FORMER job centre in Bridgeton which was closed by the UK Government in 2018 could be turned into flats.

Spectrum Properties has submitted an application to Glasgow City Council to convert the building, on the corner of Muslin Street and Acorn Street, into 49 homes.

The property development company wants to provide a mixture of one and two bed flats for private rent.

A report, produced on behalf of the applicant, states: "The proposed change of use from office to residential accommodation provides a sustainable re-use of a redundant building, with little likelihood of the building being returned to a commercial use due to lack of demand.

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"The proposals require minimal structural intervention and provide 49 residential apartments in an area with little other alternative than housing associations, with long waiting lists."

The Department for Work and Pensions announced a programme of job centre closures throughout the United Kingdom in 2017. The Muslin Street office closed on February 2, 2018.

It was then marketed by Savills and purchased by Spectrum Properties in April this year.

The plans add: "The proposed scheme will compliment and contribute to the local area providing additional good quality private rental apartments that are in great demand."

Storage would be provided for 50 bikes and 38 parking spaces would be available for residents.

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The developer wants to provide 39 one bed flats. and 10 two bed apartments.

"There is no doubt there is a significant requirement for private rented accommodation within the city, with Bridgeton being without exception," the plans states.

"The proposals provide two flat types with communal facilities lacking in many similar developments.

"To the rear of the site it is proposed to reduce the extent of the car park to provide residential amenity, with planting to encourage biodiversity, as well as a reconfigured car park to accommodate disabled parking spaces."