DEVELOPMENT of an eight-storey building consisting of 33 flats could be on its way to the Gorbals provided it’s given the green light by councillors.

Eleven one-bedroom and 22 two-bedroom flats intended as affordable and social rented accommodation will be managed and let by the New Gorbals Housing Association (NGHA) at the site between Laurieston Road and Crown Street.

So far 23 letters of objection have been received by the local authority as well as a petition with 54 signatures.

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Concerns have been raised that the building will be out of character from the rest of the area, it will overlook and overshadow the neighbouring flats and there has been inadequate public engagement from the housing association.

The proposal was previously presented to the planning committee in June where it was agreed the application should be continued.

Members felt that the children’s play area should be preserved in some form and wanted to hold a discussion with the developer as to why this could not be delivered.

At that meeting councillor Jane Morgan, said: “The site is “constrained” but it’s not just the lack of space, it is surrounded by pretty substantial roads.

“I certainly do not want to live in a world where children cannot go out to play without their parents.”

Councillor Martin Bartos added: “Even if this fails, it is an indication to developers that children’s space is important.”

It has since been established that an error was made in the original proposal which informed the council that the development would be made up of a mixture of two and three-bedroom flats instead of one and two-bedroom flats.

The report has subsequently been amended to reflect the correct description which means that the error in descriptions has no other bearing on the assessment or recommendation to grant the proposal.

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The NGHA which was set up over 30 years ago has played an important role in the regeneration of Gorbals.

From their extensive working knowledge of the area, they are mindful that the site was always designated for a feature building to complete the urban fabric of the Crown Street area.

With this specific site, they have confirmed that they have allocated the remainder of the larger street block to the shops and office development to the south and the carpark to the south west of it.

The application will be discussed this morning at Glasgow City Council’s planning committee where members have been recommended to approve the application.