Corunna campaigners fear more green space will fall if homes plan is approved

By Ian Marland at

A West End community is gathering objections to a controversial homes development proposed on green space.

A planning deadline is only days away in the battle over the former Corunna Bowling Club in Finnieston.

Glasgow-based developers Nixon Blue Ltd want to turn the former greens into a complex of 39 flats and duplex apartments.

Corunna Bowling Club

Concessions: the developer says it has changed its plans following consultation with the community

It acquired the site in October after the club folded.

But St Vincent Crescent, Corunna and Minerva Street Residents’ Association is fighting the application.

Its convener thinks there’s a real fear that two other bowling clubs along the street could succumb to the attentions of developers if the Corunna scheme goes ahead.

Jim Lynch said 50 objections to the scheme had been collected already – but more were needed, he said.

“We have created a template or a pro forma that we’re sharing with residents and leafleting people to encourage them to send that pro forma in or generate their own.

Corunna Bowling Club

Greens: the former Corunna Bowling Club was acquired by developers when it folded last year

“We have lobbied our four local councillors and I know that we have really good support from them.

“The deadline for objections is June 12 – so time is running out.”

Corunna Bowling Club is one of three bowling clubs that run along listed St Vincent Crescent.

‘Grooming’ fear

The greens were formerly pleasure gardens laid out with the crescent in Victoria times – and now fall within a conservation area.

Jim said: “We believe that one of the St Vincent Crescent bowling clubs may been approached by developers seeking an option to buy.

“And if they wanted to sell the club in the next five years then they would promise it to that developer.

“We have no firm evidence for this – but the fear is that these clubs could be groomed by other developers.”

St Vincent Crescent and the former Corunna Bowling Club

Splendour: St Vincent Crescent lies within a conservation area

Residents are considering setting up a community body with an eye to launching a community right to buy bid.

Jim added: “We are aware of other interest in the site and of other potential usage of the site.

“From growing flowers there, allotments – and a heritage centre.

“But at this point the plot is owned by developers and if they are not putting it up for sale there is nothing we can do.

“We feel that if the precedent is set that you can build on one of those bowling greens, then the others will go – it will be a domino effect along the crescent.”

“We feel that if the precedent is set that you can build on one of those bowling greens, then the others will go – it will be a domino effect along the crescent”

Jim Lynch

The area’s four local councillors and community council are also opposed to the scheme.

Eva Bolander, one of the local members and the city’s Lord Provost, said she was opposed to the plans.

She said the plans were not supported in the city’s development plan nor in the national planning framework.

“I think it is appalling that the developers are applying to build on open, green space, in a conservation area …

“The community has been asked in the consultation process and they are really against this, as it will take away valuable green space, destroy the open aspect of the St Vincent Crescent, and remove a community asset which has been there since the area was built on.”

Fight to save Corunna green space

Campaign: the local residents’ association is fighting the application

Glasgow-based Nixon Blue Managing Director Richard McFadzean said: “We purchased the site in October last year following the closure of the bowling club.

“The Club is supportive of our ambitions to build on the land.

“Following a public consultation held by Nixon Blue Ltd with local residents, we adapted the original design to maximise the open space.

“Included in our proposals is the creation of a large garden and amenity space which would front St Vincent Crescent and is proposed for general public use.

‘Compliment surrounding properties’

“We have also proposed to equip most of the flats with underground parking.

“The façade of the new building facing St Vincent Crescent will be finished in a blonde sandstone appearance to compliment the surrounding properties.”

The proposal is for a mix of two and three-bedroom luxury apartments including garden duplexes and penthouses.

Nixon Blue says its architects held a public consultation last year to seek the views of locals within the community despite the scheme not being a major development.