PLANS to build 24 new flats on an unused green at an East End bowling club have been rejected by councillors.

SIM Building Group had applied to build a four-storey building with one and two-bedroom units at Belvidere Bowling Club for Parkhead Housing Association on Silverdale Street. 

The plans also included associated car parking and landscaping. 

However, yesterday Glasgow City Council refused the plans as "the proposal was not considered to be in accordance with the Development Plan".

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The decision note said: "By nature of the design, layout and lack of permeability the residential development would be incongruous within the context of the local area and fail to meet placemaking principles and qualities of space which the Council seeks to promote in order to deliver high-quality residential environments.

"The proposal is therefore detrimental to the residential amenity of the proposed dwellings and the wider area."

Other concerns included the area had not been adequately screened for flood risk, the plan did not provide enough car parking spaces and it would not provide access to good quality recreational space.

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The Belvidere Bowling Club has been running since 1861.  

The design statement for the plans said: "Over the last few years, and for varying reasons including dwindling member numbers, the club only utilise one of the two bowling greens, this being the south-west green which the club recently invested in new drainage for.

"The north-east green is very infrequently, if ever, used throughout the year and in order to safeguard the future of the club, they decided to offer the unused bowling green for sale in order to raise funds. 

"The development of the front London Road facing green therefore is of vital importance in order to protect a century's old institution."