A POPULAR gym in the heart of Finnieston is to be demolished to make way for 195 flats completing Glasgow’s “new residential quarter”.

A planning application to convert the site which features Nuffield Health  at Minerva Way into 37 one-bed, 140 two-bed and 18 three-bed flats was approved by the committee yesterday morning.

Around 140 car-parking spaces are also to be included in the development, as well as bike storage for every flat.

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At the meeting councillor Ken Andrew asked: “I wonder if bollards can be included in the proposal to control the number of people coming off the site.

“The area has been very problematic when there has been concerts and events at the SECC campus. I am just wondering if that has been added into the plans.”

A council officer confirmed that these potential problems had been taken into consideration.

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She said: “I think this has been quite a common theme which arises in certain areas. A condition has been imposed purely because the developer does not know if they will use individual bollards for the individual spaces or barrier at the entrance.

“I think the preference in terms of operation and management would be a barrier but I think that is for the applicant to come with the solution but there is something intended.”

Following the question-and-answer session members unanimously agreed to grant the application.