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NEW Bid For Flats On Gap Site In Govanhill

ANOTHER attempt is being made develop flats on a gap site in Govanhill, nearly nine years after it was turned into a ‘temporary’ community garden.

A five-storey block containing 16 flats is proposed for land at 85 Westmoreland Street, the site of the old Hampden Picture House.

Fourteen of the flats would have two bedrooms and two of them would be four-bedroom maisonettes.

Thirteen car parking spaces and a bicycle store holding up to 20 bikes, would be provided at ground floor level.

There would be a communal landscaped area provided at first floor level.

The new application is now pending assessment by officials.

Glasgow city planners refused permission for a five-storey block of 17 two-bedroom flats at the site last year saying that proposal was over-development, lacked amenity provision for residents and was below the minimum parking standard.

The site was turned into Westmoreland Gardens — a ‘temporary greenspace’ — in 2010 under Glasgow City Council’s Stalled Spaces initiative because it was being used for fly-tipping and other anti-social behaviour.

At the time it was expected that it would be three to five years before any development took place on the privately-owned land making the £41,000 project cost viable.