Friday, 8 June 2012

Update on monstrous plans for Otago Lane

I am continuing to support the campaign to save Otago Lane from a monstrous 8-storey flatted development which would destroy the historic lane and wildlife habitats along the River Kelvin.

Glasgow City Council planning committee is meeting on 12th June to to consider the development proposal. As a local councillor, I have requested both, a site visit to Otago Lane and a hearing, to enable members of the planning committee to appreciate fully the site's unique architecture and heritage importance before making a decision. This is a very contentious proposal within the Hillhead area and contravenes policies to protect back lanes and greenspaces.
 View of Otago Lane which has independent businesses employing 30 people.

As part of the decision-making process for the proposal, I believe it is vital that the councillors on the planning committee hear evidence from local residents concerned about the impact of the plans for Otago Lane on local businesses and the wider community. I have requested that representatives of the local community-based group, 'Otago Lane Community Association' are given an opportunity to put forward their views on this application. This Community Association has been established by residents and local businesses who value and wish to protect the lane's cultural significance and its unique character.

Given the strength of local feeling, residents should be able to express directly to the members of the planning committee how they believe the proposal will affect their lives. The campaign to Save Otago Lane has been ongoing since 2009 and has attracted over 4,000 letters of objection sent to Glasgow City Council, as well as a petition with over 3,750 signatures opposing the development.

Useful link:

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