Greenspace put up for sale (behind closed doors), August 2016

The bad news is that the greenspace is under threat from developers (again).

Following recent enquiries by residents regarding ground investigation (boreholes) completed on the greenspace on 15 August 2016, City Property has advised the following:

“The site at Broomhill Avenue is owned by Glasgow City Council and is identified in City Plan 2,  as Dev. 2 (Development Policy principle: Residential and Supporting Uses).  Following an approach from an adjoining owner the site was declared surplus to Council requirements on 3 November 2014 and passed to City Property to dispose in order to generate a capital receipt for the Council.  City Property is currently in negotiation with the adjoining owner for the disposal of the ground.  Once agreement has been reached, a report will be prepared for the relevant Council Committee seeking agreement on the terms and conditions of the sale. 

The proposal for the adjoining owner is for a flatted residential development, the principle of which would likely to be supportable in terms of City Plan 2, however, detailed considerations regarding the amenity space will be undertaken during the planning process. If you would like more detailed information regarding City Plan 2 I would advise you to contact Development and Regeneration Services.”

The above situation has arisen despite assurance from Glasgow City Council in 2008 that the greenspace would be excluded from any future development package.

We note that no ‘for sale’ signs have appeared on the greenspace and were it not for the boreholes being observed by local residents the sale of the site might have passed through without anyone being aware of what was going on.

There is currently an enforcement action against the developer which is under consideration by the Council planning department for the entire greenspace area in relation to unauthorised development.

If you do not want the greenspace to be sold for development as flatted residential development please take action as soon as you can.

Actions you can take are:

  1. Write to your local councillors and express your concerns – you can find their details at: http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/councillorsandcommittees/addressSearch.asp
  2. Write to your MSPs – their details are at: http://www.parliament.scot/msps/con-gann.aspx
  3. Write to your MP: Carol Monaghan MP, carol.monaghan.mp@parliament.uk
  4. Attend Broomhill Community Council meetings to make your objection to the sale of the land to a developer
  5. Become a member of Friends of Broomhill Avenue Greenspace
  6. Check out our facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/broomhillavenuepark

You can download the council’s lealfet on how to comment on a planning application by clicking here (pdf document)

Email address for comments: planning.representations@drs.glasgow.gov.uk

Representations should be sent to:
Development and Regeneration Services
Development Control
231 George Street
Glasgow G1 1RX

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