In 1989 the former Glasgow District Council served a repairs notice on Windex Ltd – the project lead for a proposed residential and commercial redevelopment of Govan Graving Docks that was refused planning consent in 1990.
This sets a clear precedent that raises questions of why, despite continued deterioration of the site, Glasgow City Council will not serve a repairs notice on the developers who presently own the site.
Clear grounds for the serving of a repair notice are laid out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act
One of the reasons given by the council for not doing so is the risk that the council would be left with the liability for the site. However this was not a concern in 1989 so why is it a concern now?
Why is convenience a material factor in deciding which regulations are to be enforced?
This and many other issues are addressed in a damning 20-page report released by the Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative this week.