CITY officials have rejected a plan to demolish a listed building in Glasgow’s East End.
The planning department refused an application seeking to knock down 75 Tobago Street. It’s owners had already appointed a demolition contractor who had prepared a method statement for getting rid of the structure.
The C-Listed structure was built in 1905 as a store and stable for a rag and metal merchant and is owned by the operator of a garage across the road.
In their decision notice, Glasgow City Council stated the proposal was contrary to planning policies as there was no evidence that appropriate guidance has been sought or followed in terms of alternative uses for the property or marketing of the building at a price reflecting its location and condition to potential restoring purchasers for a reasonable period.
Officials also said no evidence had been provided to demonstrate that the building is “not of special interest” and is “incapable of repair”.
They continued by saying that it had not been shown that demolition was essential to “deliver significant benefits to economic growth for the wider community” or that the repair of the building was not economically viable.
A document submitted to the council on behalf of the owner at the time of the application had stated: “The property is in a poor state of repair and requires urgent attention to alleviate a safety risk to the public.”
It added that a surveyor’s report recommended demolition as it would not be “economically viable to reinstate the property.” The surveyor had indicated that the building was in such a poor state, it was too dangerous for them to enter to verify the internal condition.
The applicant had been unable to fund the extensive repair works required.
The submission to the planning department added that demolition would allow the cleared site to be used as part of housing regeneration planned for the surrounding land on Abercrombie Street and Green Street.