‘We’d rather talk with city council than go to court over Jordanhill College site plans’

By Ian Marland at

A West End community has accused the city council of “behaving in a manner that goes against natural justice”.

Campaigners are upset at the local authority’s handling of an application to build more than 400 homes on the former Jordanhill College campus.

They say they want to negotiate a way forward in the row over the proposed housing development.

Jordanhill calls for council talks

Refurbishment: Converting the Listed David Stow building is central to Cala’s plans.

Almost 900 objections have been lodged with the council over plans by Cala Homes (West) for 412 flats and houses.

Community leaders have raised a judicial review against the planning authority with the case set to be heard in November at the Court of Session.

Yet, despite the pending action, Jordanhill community council claims the city council has continued to negotiate with Cala Homes.

Professor John Winfield, chairman of Jordanhill Community Council, said: “Glasgow City Council will be spending a significant amount of public money in defending this action, yet there has been no attempt to open dialogue with the community.

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“Rather, it appears council officials have continued engagement with the developer which appears to have led to formal discharging in recent weeks of Matters Specified in Conditions.

“This directly relates to the Planning Decision Notice that granted Planning Permission in Principle which is at the heart of the Judicial Review.

“Our lawyers have told us it is considered poor practice for councils to behave in such a manner when matters are before the Courts.

“All the signs from the city council are that it is ‘business as usual’ and we believe the local authority is behaving in a manner that goes against natural justice.”

Jordanhill and council talks

New-builds: Cala Homes wants to site more 400 homes on the former college campus

Professor Winfield added that the Community Council has had no success in its attempts to open negotiations with the local authority with a view to reaching a negotiated settlement.

Meanwhile local residents have launched a major fund-raising drive to cover their legal costs while the Community Council has been awarded a Protected Expenses Order by the Court of Session, limiting liability to £5,000.

Professor Winfield said: “A recent Jordanhill Fayre raised over £4,500 in just two hours. The majority of the 700 residents who attended expressed disbelief that the Council has made little effort to engage with its citizens and council tax payers on such an important issue for our community.”

Jordanhill residents have noted that Glasgow City Council’s planning portal recently uploaded a document showing that the local authority expects to net £1.3m per annum in new Council Tax revenue from the development.

The historic 35-acre Jordanhill Campus is owned by the University of Strathclyde.

Residents are due to be updated on the campaign at a public meeting being held in Jordanhill this Sunday.

A Glasgow City Council spokesman said: “Our view is that we have not done anything wrong procedurally around this issue and that we have been in dialogue with the community about the proposals for this site, although clearly we cannot have such dialogue when it comes to court action.

“All views will be taken into account when any decision is made on a planning application for the site.

“There has been no discharging in terms of Matters Specified in Conditions at this point – this would be a matter for a committee to decide.”