A BID to bulldoze a popular pub among Rangers fans in a conservation area has been given the go-ahead.

Developers will move in to flatten the derelict Annie Millers bar on Ropework Lane to make way for 18 "bespoke" serviced apartments and a gentleman's sauna. 

The plans had been vigorously rejected by nearby residents, who raised concerns around noise pollution, parking and the proximity of neighbouring properties to the development. 

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Speaking at today's Planning Application Committee, one objector said: "We would be very happy to see Annie Millers demolished and a suitable low-rise building constructed in its place. It has long been a blight on the local area. 

"However, we contend that this is definitely not the answer. Ropework Lane and Metropole Lane which run at right angles to it are extremely narrow.

"Rubbish and recycling collections will be another problem with the proposed size of the development.

"I also consider the rooftop amenity as serious overdevelopment."

Among the plans, developers Big Top will bring a rooftop terrace, parking spaces for cyclists and two penthouses to the area.

Renters will be given an opportunity to occupy the apartments on a short-term letting basis while three of the properties will be available for bed and breakfast stays. 

Another objector added: "As a development with six storeys directly facing our properties with balconies and a roof terrace, our residents will have no privacy and we appeal that we have a right to privacy.

"There are a lot of families here and our sleeping quarters are directly opposite the balcony."

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Addressing noise and anti-social behaviour concerns raised by locals, Big Top assured that the site will be staffed 24 hours per day, seven days a week. 

A spokesman for the company said: "I must stress that this is not Airbnb offering and therefore will not come with the antisocial behaviour that the likes of many apartment blocks have in Glasgow.

"We will offer a 24-hour concierge service on-site to help guests and monitor the premises at all times."

A statement from Big Top reads: "The existing building has been derelict for some time since the pub closed therefore it has fallen into disrepair having a negative impact on townscape.

"A new development of this nature will improve Ropework Lane by creating a more welcoming environment whilst at the same time provide a robust building that is easily adaptable for future generations and uses.

"This is a contemporary piece of architecture that responds to its historic context and will make a positive contribution to Ropework Lane and the wider context of Glasgow."