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Old Golfhill School site redevelopment

There is to be a consultation at Milnbank Housing's premises on April 5th from noon about plans to develop housing on the site of the old Golfhill Primary School on Circus Drive, and along Firpark St. Current plans are that only the south facing school entrance facade will be maintained and 145 flats are planned.
Frank Plowright - 15/03/2017 8:22:38 PM (IP: Logged)

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145 flats in an overcrowded area.
The Mentalist - 16/03/2017 3:00:08 PM (IP: Logged)

thats will be good for parking
anon - 16/03/2017 9:56:37 PM (IP: Logged)

Not to mention more cars in an already overcrowded area.
Amy - 16/03/2017 9:57:50 PM (IP: Logged)

Biggest scandal about this is that a grade B listed building has been allowed to deteriorate to the point of only a facade being saved. Not that that is something unique - seems to be a recurrent issue in Glasgow ...
... and that such a large site with development potential has been sold for a reported mere £550,000. Do the sums on 145 2-bed flats and that's a fat profit. Although will potentially create a fair amount of extra income via council tax.
On parking, the conditions for granting permission will stipulate that adequate parking will need to be made available on site - that's been standard for a long time.
Otherwise, while I'd have preferred the original building to have been preserved and a park or gardens created on the 'brownfield site', the land being used rather than derelict is a good thing but would better to have a few larger 'family size' units included in the development. That bit of Firpark St. has been the scene of a few sexual assaults over the last few years probably because it is a bit deserted due to the lack of residential properties, so this will mean more people in the area and properties that overlook the street so should improve safety on one of the main routes into the city centre from Dennistoun. Hope proper consideration will also be given to any impact on the Necropolis.

Malarki - 18/03/2017 11:05:14 PM (IP: Logged)

it would be good to see planning for green spaces to be part of the plan. The development along firpark street has a lot of nice communal green space and is nicely landscaped. Hopefully whatever is developed on the site will incorporate some decent planting to enhance the housing.
James - 23/03/2017 8:03:58 PM (IP: Logged)

Parking - current plans show 1 space per flat, but the spaces are all up at one end and not properly spread across the development.

Visitors parking - none shown on plans

Loss of current street parking due to all the new road junctions shown. Also one block shows off street parking accessed from Firpark Street, so even more street parking lost.

Loss of existing amenity space where locals walk their dogs on the old school pitch.

Height of new buildings - all are higher than surrounding buildings. Also will cause a shadow over the care home (literally speaking), shame they had those solar panels installed.

Also at peak hours there will be a big increase in vehicles using the junction onto Wishart Street and the Parade, its bad enough as it is at hospital visiting time.

The existing plan is a bit of a joke, doesn't comply with GCC Design Guide for residential areas.

Also, issue with paying just £500k for the site, easily worth triple that. For some reason site is referred to as 'brownfield', is this due to the derelict school building? or the school pitches?

When sold it was also mentioned that if less that 150 units are built there will be a reduction in the sale price! Given the height of the proposed development, that may happen. Is there a government body this can be reported to?!

CV3V - 24/03/2017 1:35:42 PM (IP: Logged)

The layout will be the following:

A first building along firpark street, next to the firpark court development. This building will have a corner "tower" of 6/7 storeys, with the rest of the building at 4 storeys (like firpark court). This building will have 70/73 flats and 46 parking spaces around it.

Next building along firpark street, a bit set back to have some parking space between the street and the building. Again 4 storeys, with 16 flats and 37 parking spaces around it.

Third building still along firpark street almost reaching the junction with circus drive (at the same level as the old school). Still 4 storeys with 24 flats. Parking spaces shared with the old school renovation.

The old School, retention of the façade and some new build behind, 31 flats and 62 parking spaces.

The janitor's house, 2 bedroom single house.

The new 4 storeys build will have approximately the same height as the old school building, firpark court and hanson park developments.

total 142/145 units and 145 parking spaces.

Mal - 24/03/2017 8:31:16 PM (IP: Logged)

Mal - i have seen the draft plan, i call it draft because it doesn't comply with GCC Design Guide, and should fail a design audit.

First building, 73 flats, 46 parking spaces.
Second building, 16 flats, 37 spaces. Set back parking all requires access off Firpark Street resulting in a loss of existing parking space, replaced with private parking spaces.
third building, 24 flats, 62 spaces

Interesting to see how the layout works given the drop in height from Firpark Street to the football pitch.

The access from Circus Place would, i reckon, result in the loss of about 8 existing parking spaces to provide safe access/egress. A loss of space for existing residents (detriment).

Parking layout doesn't practically work, its unbalanced towards the school end requiring a long walk to building one which is short of spaces.

GCC have on certain recent developments insisted on more than 1 parking space per unit. Looking at parking issues at Hanson Park and Firpark Court this makes sense.

No visitors parking provided, against GCC design guide.

Loss of existing car parking on Firpark Street is detriment to area, again DCC design guide.

Tower is 7 storeys, adjacent to Firpark Ct 4 storeys.

CV3V - 24/03/2017 10:42:27 PM (IP: Logged)

According to Councillor Docherty at a community council meeting a few years ago, Glasgow Council are now insisting on 1.5 parking spaces per flat for any new development.
Frank Plowright - 30/03/2017 10:29:46 AM (IP: Logged)

Where are the plans available to see
James - 30/03/2017 7:49:59 PM (IP: Logged)

Frank - thats good to hear, in which case the current layout is not compliant. I had heard of another development where council insisted on 1.5 spaces. So hopefully it is policy in locations such as this.

James - there is a developer meeting on Tuesday 4th at Milnbank Housing Association offices where the plans will be on display. You will also find them on Facebook page for Firpark Regeneration Group

CV3V - 31/03/2017 6:25:02 PM (IP: Logged)

You all need to get over this parking fixation.

Any European city seems to get by without horrible surface parking. Dennistoun is a great dense district that could become even more dense. More density = more cafes, bars, transport, facilities.

Bring it on.

Dennistonian! - 31/03/2017 11:11:24 PM (IP: Logged)

I have some sympathy with the point put forward by Dennistonian! - the more reliance there is on car ownership by design, the more we undermine the case for maintaining and improving our public transport provision.

And is there really nothing more than 2 bed flats being proposed? If so, is say that's a disappointing recipe for homogenisation rather than diversity of populace.

DarthVader - 1/04/2017 10:37:07 AM (IP: Logged)

its all 2 bed flats, with the potential for a few 1 bed units, but not confirmed.

I have no problem with the development, i welcome it. But any development should be well considered for the local environment for a whole host of design parameters. I also like cafes, bars etc. However no future development should be to the detriment of existing residents.

European cities include proper segregated cycleways, good quality subsidised public transport and they don't have the widespread high density of the Glasgow tenements.

It is a planning priority for the council that parking for developments built prior to 2000 is not impacted by any future developments. Based on the above, i would hardly consider it a fixation, rather a genuine concern.

cv3v - 1/04/2017 7:52:03 PM (IP: Logged)

There was a mix up in the consultation date - it is happening now, Wed 5th April until 7pm at Milnbank Housing Community Hall. Just been along & the architect from Jewitt & Wilkie is there along with plans and a handout to take away. There will be 142/145 units along with just 145 parking spots in an already congested area, so this is a concern. Also one block, the one they hope to build first could be potentially 6/7 storey's high and so blocking views for many people on Hanson Park/Street, Circus Drive, Firpark. Planning has not been approved yet but from the people who visited & comments I read, most of those are positive so if you have any objections or concerns, I would pop along to the consultation and keep a look out for further consultation and the planning application.
anon - 5/04/2017 6:25:25 PM (IP: Logged)

After visiting the consultation I'm really quite concerned about what may happen. It was stressed that details haven't been finalised, and comments from the consultation are taken into account when making the official planning application, probably sometime in May. A scan of the handout supplied is available on the Dennistoun Community Council website and further information can be solicited from architects Jewitt & Wilkie on info at
My concerns are due to almost every point I raised getting a response about not being finalised yet. This includes the manner in which the school facade will be integrated into the new building, a 6 or 7 storey building next to 4 storey properties, and the information that permitted the demolition of a listed building. Regarding the parking, the person present when I visited was of the opinion the planning department can overlook the requirement for 1.5 parking spaces per flat if public transport facilities are good. Whether she's right about that I don't know, but would be concerned as I can't see why there would be a connection.
One interesting aspect is that as the new buildings will occupy a playing field there must be some investment in "an appropriate local alternative". When I asked what that might be and how much would be invested, I was again told it was something that would be worked out later. For me, alarm bells are ringing.

Frank Plowright - 6/04/2017 7:31:44 PM (IP: Logged)

Just think how beautiful central Dennistoun is. Nice tightly packed dense streets with no surface car parks, gaps between buildings or fencing anywhere. I live on Garthland and I've never not managed to get parked on my street or somewhere on Whitehill. People manage.

Modern developments that don't respect tenement lines, or have ugly surface car parks are a total blight.

The Victorians had it right the way they constructed urban environments.

Dennistonian - 6/04/2017 11:17:54 PM (IP: Logged)

I think the subject of parking was skirted over, architect inferred that planners prefer less parking not more as it results in less traffic. I dont think it quite works out that way in reality. Also no visitors parking allowed for, which doesn't fit with GCC Design Guide.

Also there is a GCC requirement that parking provision for new developments must not be to the detriment of parking for developments pre 2000 i.e. the tenements.

Architect did say that the new flats adjacent to the school wont be higher than existing school roofline. But that wont be the case with the 6/7 storey high building at the northern end.

I discuss the above not as a criticism but to provide a balance to what was presented on Wed night.

Dennistonian - you are lucky with parking, at 0645 every morning there is a queue of cars waiting for my space as i leave, as they are hospital staff they are then there for 12 hours, and this happens 6 days per week. Also have to contend with cars parking bumper to bumper, on the grass verge, and the litter they throw out of their cars.
If I come home early from work i usually have to park about 200m from flat, or have the great option of using the pay and display.

CV3V - 7/04/2017 10:52:43 AM (IP: Logged)

CV3V - fair enough. I'm probably far enough away from the hospital to be sheltered from this. I can understand how frustrating this must be.

Surely there is an onus on the council or NHS to provide adequate multi-storey parking for hospital staff. Must be some room in Townhead.

Dennistonian - 7/04/2017 10:02:02 PM (IP: Logged)

Permits are not the solution. They just move the problem further out. The Royal has no parking solution for ordinary workers. Permits are £25 month for high earning staff, ie consultants and management, £160 for everyone else.
The Mentalist - 9/04/2017 3:35:12 AM (IP: Logged)

Thanks Dennistonian, as i look out my window on a great sunny Saturday morning i still see the area rammed with cars ;-).

Although hospital car park charges were abolished, there are 3 PFI car parks in Scotland where charges still remain. One being the GRI. I read yesterday that the PFI operator for the Edinburgh Royal tried to increase the parking charge from 5 to 12 pounds per day!

But to compound the problem, the council put pay and display on Firpark Street, Wishart Street etc. a few years ago, pushing all the staff further into Dennistoun.

Have a look at the google street view for Firpark Terrace to see how bad the parking got.

CV3V - 9/04/2017 3:36:20 AM (IP: Logged)

Mentalist - permits give priority to residents attempting to find a parking space. They don't guarantee a space, but make it easier. I lived in Edinburgh for a number of years without any complaints about getting parked - a permit scheme that issues more permits than actual parking spaces. Parking in Dennistoun is worse than Edinburgh.

If you want to see the approach to parking of GRI staff have a drive through the internal road through the hos[pital; double yellows, traffic cones and concrete blocks, and yet cars are all parked on the yellows.

As mentioned before the parking problems have been compounded by the council making a number of streets pay and display, with no return allowed, meaning staff cant use them even if they wanted to. Pay and display can only work when matched with residents permits. all in or all out.

But an open mind if a good thing, any practical alternatives must be considered.

CV3V - 10/04/2017 11:09:36 AM (IP: Logged)

Updates regarding the former Golfhill Primary School can be viewed on the Community Council site via the following link:

Drawings and information made available at the public meeting held on 5th April 2017 have just been added.

DennistounCC - 11/04/2017 1:19:23 AM (IP: Logged)


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