Partick residents object to proposed flats on Beith Street and loss of open space

By Ian Marland at

A rallying call has gone out to residents in Partick to protect one of the area’s few open spaces.

More than 40 people attended a public meeting on Thursday night about plans to build 48 flats.

The development is proposed for an area of open space on Beith Street West – south of Crawford Street and Rosevale Street.

BEITH STREET

Scores of properties overlook the proposed development site on Beith Street West

At least sixteen objections have been received by city planners.

But a campaign group formed to fight the plans urged more residents to fire off letters.

Teresa McIntrye said there were numerous grounds to object to the plans.

But time was running out and people had to act quickly, she said.

The meeting was told the deadline for objections was Wednesday August 21.

Beith Street

Residents say the open space is a buffer between their homes and the Clydeside Expressway

Teresa said: “The loss of trees will not help our carbon reduction targets.

“This is a space that people use to exercise and walk their dogs.

“We also face losing an amenity along with a big loss of privacy.

“The developers suggest this is brownfield land that is doing nothing, but we see it as green space.

“Please, everyone get in touch with your local representatives and make your objections heard.”

Clydeside BSW Developments Limited submitted plans to build a residential block last month.

The land is owned by Peel L&P and is part of the greater Glasgow Harbour masterplan.

Aerial shot of Beith Street

Aerial shot of the proposed development site. Image copyright: Microsoft

That plan is taking shape on the other side of the Clydeside Expressway where student flats are being built.

A giant retail park with leisure provision and housing will follow.

The proposed development site was once home to a row of tenement houses.

Hozier Street was demolished shortly after the Expressway was built in the early 1970s.

Teresa said: “People are surprised that they are wanting to build so close to the Expressway.

“Everyone thought the building was happening the other side of the Expressway.

“You can’t call Glasgow the Dear Green Place if they are taking away the green places.

“We need to fight these plans now.”

‘Little amenity’

The proposed development would be car-free to encourage car sharing.

Papers lodged with the council by the applicant read: “The new Expressway created large embankments that had previously been tenements or industrial dockside buildings.

“Over the succeeding years these legacy brownfield spaces have become landscaped but, due to being unenclosed, provide very little amenity value other than to dog walkers, and their pets, and cyclists using the routes for commuting and leisure.

“The mature trees do however serve to provide visual amenity to residents by acting as a visual screen to the Expressway.

“For this reason the indicative layout included in this application seeks to retain the existing mature tree planting as much as possible.”