A developer is trying to overturn a decision to reject its bid to build dozens of flats in an a closed down Jobcentre.

Glasgow City Council refused permission to turn the Bridgeton Jobcentre into flats last year.

The jobcentre was one of six that were closed in the city in 2018 despite protests and campaigns to keep them open.

The DWP also shut Parkhead and Easterhouse in the east of the city, Maryhill and Anniesland in the north west and Langside in the south.

The Bridgeton premises, at Muslin Street, were sold by the DWP to Spectrum Properties, who applied for permission to turn it into a residential development, of 49 one and two bedroom apartments for mid-market rent, but it was refused last year.

Reasons for the refusal included: “The proposed conversion fails to offer good quality accommodation to meet the standards of residential amenity required within the City Development Plan.”

It was decided there was not enough parking space, there was a lack of privacy for ground floor flats,  there was no space for drying clothes and there was no recreational open space or children’s play area.

Objections included from Bridgeton and Dalmarnock Community Council, who said the development was about: “Maximising the number of properties for the greatest economic output, rather than ensuring the design produces quality homes which will benefit future residents.”

They said: “This development would be detrimental to our local community and its intended residents.”

Local residents also objected stating it proposed a “low standard of housing”.

Now the developer will have the appeal heard at a Glasgow City Council Planning Local Review Committee next week.

Spectrum Properties said: “The proposed scheme will compliment and contribute to the local area providing additional good quality private rental apartments that are in great demand.”