A monstrous development is proposed for one of the best loved cobbled lanes in the city. Residents and local businesses based in and around Otago Lane face the prospect of flats up to seven storeys high being imposed on their lives. A revised planning application for 49 flats is pending for the site at 65-77 Otago Street.
At various protest meetings organised by the local community association in the last 6 months, objectors have vowed to stand firm and called on the planning committee to refuse permission. I have spoken out against the development as it breaches the City's Development Plan policies on lanes and backcourts. It would destroy greenspace, mature trees, damage wildlife corridor along the river and undermine the unique heritage of a conservation area.
To find out more, take a look at the weblink www.saveotagolane.co.uk
Photos from the protest meeting on 5th March 2011 are available at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/marthaglasgowgreens/sets/72157625651690987/