Tag Archives: graving docks

Govan Needs You, It’s Time to Mobilise! #SaveGovanDocks

Govan Needs You, It's Time to Mobilise! #SaveGovanDocks

Govan Needs You, It’s Time to Mobilise! #SaveGovanDocks

An application has been lodged with Glasgow City Council for an EIA Screening Opinion on Govan Graving Docks.

“Erection of Mixed Use development at former Govan Graving Docks – Request for a screening opinion under the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations”

https://publicaccess.glasgow.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=OAV3SREX0NB00

What the Screening Opinion application means is that the developers want the Council to agree that there is no requirement to conduct a full Environmental Impact Assessment – so that only a more straightforward (‘lite version’) environmental survey will be needed.

The application indicates planning consent will be sought for 600 homes, 195 hotel rooms and 7,520 square metres of office space to be developed on the docks. Also a cynical token gesture of a small museum and café – as if that’s going to appease anyone and could potentially be dropped from the plans at a later stage.

The application looks like a run of the mill developers box-ticking exercise to appease planners.

This is not an application for planning consent to develop the site but it is nevertheless the clearest indication yet that such an application is in the pipeline. We are preparing for planning consent to be sought this autumn and need to muster all opposition possible.

What we need right away is for everyone who has signed the heritage park petition to get one friend (two would be better) who has not yet signed to do so, as well as the new petitions:

Calling for a public inquiry – https://www.change.org/p/scottish-government-launch-a-public-inquiry-into-govan-graving-docks

Calling for the Scottish Government to call in any planning applications – https://www.change.org/p/the-scottish-government-the-scottish-government-call-in-any-future-planning-applications-for-govan-graving-docks

We need a surge in momentum NOW if we are to succeed in preventing this development and save the last of Glasgow’s historic docks!

Owners New City Vision were quoted in Glasgow Live (http://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glasgow-news/fight-govans-docks-listed-glasgow-11640615) stating they would have to reconsider their plans if there is massive resistance. So let’s take a square shot at this open goal!

Advertisements

Govan Graving Docks Surveys – Have Your Say

The Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative has launched three surveys this week on the future of Govan Graving Docks. The questionnaires can be found at http://cdpi.org.uk/govan_docks_surveys.htm

The three questionnaires include series of questions on:

  1. General questions on the future of the derelict dry dock site
  2. Feedback on proposals for specific parts of the site
  3. Views on the importance of strategic factors (heritage preservation, job creation, etc) relevant to the future of Govan Graving Docks

You can also join in an interactive conversation in the online forum at

Petition Signatures – Location Breakdown

The heritage park petition has now exceeded 7,000 signatures. The graph shows a breakdown of the signature numbers by location for:

  • Glasgow postcodes
  • Greater Glasgow
  • Rest of Scotland
  • Rest of UK and Ireland
  • International

The largest signature block (497 signatures) is from the G51 Govan area. Next in Glasgow is 284 from the G12 Partick area.

Click on the chart to view full size

petition_chart_ordered

Response to the City Development Plan

This is a copy of the email I have received from Glasgow City Council. Govan Graving Docks can be found in the Development Plan Examination list under Issue 24 – http://www.dpea.scotland.gov.uk/CaseDetails.aspx?id=115843.

 

EXAMINATION OF PROPOSED GLASGOW CITY LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN – THE TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (DEVELOPMENT PLANNING) (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2008

The above plan was submitted to Scottish Ministers on 24 June 2015 for examination.  Scottish Ministers have appointed Timothy Brian BA(Hons) DipURP MRTPI as Reporter to carry out the examination of the above plan in accordance with Section 19 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (as amended).  Copies of the Proposed Plan, together with supporting documents are available for inspection, free of charge, at the Council’s offices at 231 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RX during normal opening hours, and at all Glasgow City Council public libraries.  Copies can also be viewed on the council’s website: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/developmentplan.

 

The Reporter will now commence the examination of conformity with the council’s participation statement as required by the Act.  I can also confirm that the examination of the above plan will not commence until the examination of conformity with the Council’s participation statement has concluded, or until four weeks from the date of the appointment of the Reporter, whichever is the latter.  The earliest date upon which the examination of issues raised in representations to the Plan will commence is 23 July 2015.

 

You had previously made a representation to the Council regarding this plan and Scottish Ministers have been made aware that your representation has not been resolved.  The Council has provided the Reporter with a summary of the issues that the Council considers should be assessed at the examination (as notified to you in February of this year), together with a copy of your full representation and any supporting documentation you submitted with it.

 

Information about the examination and the summary of the issues (“Schedule 4 Forms”) being addressed by the Reporter can be found at the Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA) website:

 

http://www.dpea.scotland.gov.uk/CaseDetails.aspx?id=115843

 

Please note that additional Reporters may be appointed to support the speedy delivery of the examination report and you will be advised of any further appointments.

 

You do not need to take any action in response to this letter.  The Reporter is not expected to require further information from you but, if he does, the DPEA will write to you, specifying what is needed, how you should submit it and the deadline for submission.

 

A guidance note that explains development plan examinations for people who have submitted representations is available at the weblink below:

 

http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0048/00481105.pdf

 

Should you require further information about the progress of the examination, please contact Morag Smith by telephone at 01324 696460, by e-mail at: morag.smith@scotland.gsi.gov.uk, or by post:

 

Morag I Smith

Case Officer

Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals

4 The Courtyard

Callendar Business Park

Falkirk

FK1 1XR

Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative Website

The Clyde Docks Preservation initiative has launched a new website today at www.cdpi.org.uk

The organisation will shortly be putting together a wide consultation on the future of Govan Graving Docks in Glasgow, Scotland and consolidating proposals for a shipbuilding heritage park.

For more information visit www.cdpi.org.uk

Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative is Looking for an Accountant and a Lawyer #SaveGovanDocks

The Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative Limited is seeking to appoint an accountant and a corporate lawyer who can provide services, on a pro bono basis initially, to support the organisation’s efforts to secure the future of Govan Graving Docks as a heritage asset.

We may consider this as part of ongoing sponsorship deals with major accounting and/or law firms.

Accountants and corporate lawyers interested in working with us should in the first instance contact iain@cdpi.org.uk to enquire about arranging an initial meeting with our board of directors.

Statement by The Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative Limited: Govan Graving Docks

The Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative has been incorporated as a Limited by Guarantee (non-profit) company with the aim of working to secure and protect the future of Govan Graving Docks as a heritage asset.

While the organisation is focused purely on Govan Graving Docks at present, it may expand to support and raise the profile of wider maritime heritage assets on the Clyde in the future.

The Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative Limited has issued a press release this afternoon and this has been circulated to several local and national newspapers and magazine publications.

Statement by The Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Consultation on the Future of Govan Graving Docks

Glasgow, Scotland, Wed 17th June 2015

The Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative is preparing to launch a consultation on the future of Govan Graving Docks. We will be conducting this in collaboration with a number of local organisations and academia.

We wish to invite a wide range of stakeholders and interested parties to comment and give views on what they wish to see done with the derelict dry dock complex. Through this we hope to be able to exert considerable influence over the plans of the developers, New City Vision Group, who own the site as well as shape an alternative vision for the future of the docks.

Govan Graving Docks is a Category A-listed site and the only remaining dock complex in Glasgow. It is a monument to the people who built it and thus there exists a moral duty of stewardship over their legacy. It is a maritime asset of local, national and international significance and any development on the docks must be sympathetic to this.

Our position is that the graving docks should become a UNESCO World Heritage Site and that any construction of permanent buildings should be restricted to low-rise on the edge of the site along Govan Road.

The long-term objective of The CDPI is that the graving docks site will be restored to create a shipbuilding heritage park and we wish to engage a number of parties across academia, the maritime industry and the public both locally and nationally in shaping a possible vision for this. Part of the strategy development will include competitions for architecture, design and engineering students to design buildings and installations in the park and exploring options for the restoration of the dry docks to working order so we can accommodate vessels in them.

We are also very concerned about the recent fires in the A-listed pump house building at the Graving Docks and while we understand the police and fire service have spoken to some of the youths involved, more needs to be done to secure this building against vandalism and further deterioration.

The CDPI is also interested in hearing from corporate sponsors and consultants that can support our objectives. We are also interested to hear from potential volunteers who can support the ongoing project to save the docks. We also need to raise funds to support our ongoing work.

The Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative is a company Limited by Guarantee.

For more information or to get in touch with the Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative please contact iain@cdpi.org.uk