Tesco Takes Over 2006-09-09Posted by clype in Glasgow, Intolerance, Money, Scotland.
This is the latest vision for Scotland’s first retail village, set to be built in Glasgow’s West End.
Supermarket giant ‘Tesco’ had planned to build 1 300 student flats, 300 private flats and a 600-space underground car park alongside a huge store at the bottom of Byres Road.
But, after a public outcry and the plans being branded ‘sub-standard’ by a design watchdog, they were amended and the number of student flats slashed to 900.
Today a ‘Tesco’ spokesman said if the scheme gets the go-ahead, it will transform a derelict brownfield site into a multi-purpose centre for the Partick community. And she added:
‘Following a detailed consultation with local residents, Glasgow City Council and other interested parties, the scheme has been reworked considerably since drawings were first lodged in December 2005.
‘The redesign includes fewer car parking spaces and a reduction in the number of student accommodation units by around a third.’
The new store will provide 350 full and part-time jobs which ‘Tesco’ says will bring huge benefits to the community.
However, many in the area feel the amendments still do not go far enough.
Partick councillor Ms.Aileen Colleran, who described the original scheme as similar to a ‘Soviet-era high-rise monolith’, said that, while she was pleased the plans were reworked, she still had a number of serious concerns about the development. She said:
‘From what I can gather, there is no reduction in the size of the store and that remains an issue because of the potential traffic impact.
‘A superstore of that size will draw people from all over the West End and not all of them will come on foot, so it will create a congestion nightmare.
‘The store will also have a large non-food element which will have a knock-on effect on the shops in the surrounding area.
‘I also believe even 900 student flats in the area will be excessive. These will be privately rented properties and not social housing and I question whether there is a demand for them.
‘There is still a proposal for a leisure element, but by that they mean a giant pub.’
The development has also attracted opposition from nearby residents, ‘Glasgow Harbour’ and ‘Network Rail’, while Glasgow Kelvin MSP Ms.Pauline Mcneil is concerned about congestion. A city spokesman said:
‘We have received amendments to the original scheme from ‘Tesco’ and the planning application, with amendments, will be advertised in “The Evening Times”. That will give the public the chance to make comments on the amended proposal.’
Planners complained the original plans for the student accommodation were remote from the rest of Beith Street and contributed nothing to the area.
And the watchdog ‘Architecture and Design Scotland’ branded the original plan ‘sub-standard’ and representing a ‘systemic failure’. But the ‘Tesco’ spokesman said:
‘”Tesco” has redesigned the scheme taking into account where it is sited.’
The chain is holding an exhibition in Partick Library next week to let local people study the new plans in detail. It will be open on Wednesday between 10:00 and 17:00; on Thursday between noon and 2000 and on Friday between 10:00 and 17:00. ‘Tesco’ corporate affairs manager Mr.Nick Gellatly added:
‘We are pleased to be part of this exciting new development and hope members of the Partick community will use the exhibition as an opportunity to learn more about our proposal.
‘Our plans will enable us to bring significant employment opportunities to Partick, creating 350 new full and part-time positions.
‘They will also provide safe accommodation and recreational areas for students.’
- ‘Welcome to Tesco Town‘, Evening Times, 2006-09-06