Jordanhill objectors take court action in battle over college campus homes plan

By Ian Marland at

A community council is taking Glasgow City Council to court in a battle over a controversial housing scheme.

Jordanhill Community Council has lodged a petition for judicial review of a planning decision taken by the city council in January.

The local council says the city was wrong to grant planning permission in principle for a major development of 348-364 residential homes and associated infrastructure on the Jordanhill Campus site.

Support: another packed public meeting heard of the legal plans.

That decision is now being challenged in the Court of Session – on the basis that the application was originally submitted more than four years ago and much has changed, objectors say, in terms of traffic levels, public transport provision, greenspace issues, and the ecology of the area.

A packed public meeting in Jordanhill on Sunday gave its full backing to the legal move.

The public meeting was also told that 560 objections had been raised by the community to a detailed planning application submitted by Cala Homes (West) in February for the former campus site.

This new application takes the number of homes on the site to 412 – a number which the community has said is too high.

Overview: Cala Homes (West) says its proposals provide for a high-quality development of the campus site. Graphic image.

Euan Miller for Jordanhill Community Council said: “We believe the city council in granting planning permission in principle for this major development of the Jordanhjill Campus site have ridden roughshod not only over their own Glasgow City Plan 2 but also local opinion.

“The new detailed plan to build 412 homes on the site is too much, will put strains on the local road network but more seriously will reduce greenspace in this much loved part of the city.  

“This decision should have been taken by the Planning Committee, not a council official.

Land: Cala says its quality plans will see 40 per cent of development retained as greenspace.

“This is completely unacceptable.
“We are of the view that the developer should be forced to reduce the number of houses on the site to around 348-364, the maximum contained in their planning permission in principle application.”
The public meeting at Jordanhill Parish Church gave its support to a fundraising campaign to get the City Council to review their decision.

A spokesman for Cala said: “We are aware of this application for a judicial review and will liaise with the council, as is appropriate.”