PLANS have been submitted to transform the site of a former sawmill in Anniesland.

Nearly 50 flats are set to be built on vacant land between Bearsden Road and Crow Road, which was once home to the Temple Hills Sawmill.

Developers CCG (Scotland) Ltd, Partick Housing Association, and Hanover Scotland hope to demolish the former Canal Bar and Restaurant – unused since 2004 – and build 46 one and two-bedroom affordable flats spread across two blocks.

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Upon completion, 24 amenity flats within the development – especially designed for older people – will be managed by Hanover.

'The Sawmills' development, named after the 1930s mill, will also offer a mix of private and communal green space and resident parking.

CCG director, Calum Murray, said: “The proposals for ‘The Sawmills’ were derived after an extensive period of assessment by our design team who tested and exhausted every avenue to retain the building – a part of which is category C-listed.

“Our assessment evidenced that, because of the significant state of disrepair, the retention of the building in any form was not economically viable. Instead, the building will be replaced by a contemporary and sustainable low-carbon development that will address key strategic objectives of Glasgow City Council by improving the supply of affordable housing in the west of the City.

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“The Sawmills is the latest of many initiatives to contribute towards and advantage from The Glasgow Canal Project – real change is taking place around and along the canal, creating a safe and enjoyable outdoor space, and a positive resource which will help breathe new life and vitality into local communities. Never has this been more necessary.”

Construction is due to begin in 2021. 

Partick HA chief executive, Stewart MacKenzie, said: “We’re committed to providing more high quality and affordable homes within the West End. We’re delighted to be working with partners to bring this key site in Anniesland to life to meet local housing needs.”

Hanover Scotland Director for Asset Management, Mark Ferey added: “Hanover are delighted to be working in partnership with both Partick HA and CCG to deliver much needed amenity housing for older people in the Anniesland area”