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Planning History of Govan Graving Docks

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.

https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2507&dat=19891102&id=jUVAAAAAIBAJ&sjid=YFkMAAAAIBAJ&pg=1800,455450&hl=en

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.

 

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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!

The Govan Club & The Govan Gdansk Exchange

Guest-post by Liz Gardiner; Cultural Planning Practice, Director of Fablevision and The Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative

‘From my perspective, there is a missing role in Govan that Andrew McAvoy has discovered was fulfilled in the 20th Century by “The Old Govan Club” – i.e. as cultural planners – to keep a watchful eye on planning and progress, to ensure sensitivity and respect for existing resources, people, projects and heritage (tangible and intangible)… A “ginger group” rather than pressure group… employing creative, quirky, celebratory, research oriented tactics underpinned by derp thinking and research that support and nudge rather than lobby and use combative styles.

I think it’s clear that this role is an essential one… we were building that grouping during the @Water Row period… we took our eye off the ball last year and we lost the cranes.

There are different views around the how we might develop this grouping and the need to find a new way to engage with existing 3rd sector organisations/discover consensus.

I think we need more people and we need people who are up for consultation and engagement. Research based work involving international comparators gives a different context: raising the sight lines to a more objective, comparative analysis where we recognise ourselves in the eyes of others and celebrate the opportunity to share approaches to similar occurring problems. Perhaps the Govan Gdansk exchange can therefore be a catalyst for thinking about these issues newly…, gathering a grouping together to work in a sustainable way with a recognisable process. We need to be strategic about who we approach to join but through the research based initiative of the Govan Gdansk project followed by potential others (Challenging Elites, the 3G’s etc), there is the potential to establish a group in Govan that can voice feedback from thoughtful, research based working practice – looking carefully at planning decisions that are being made in and around Govan with an eye towards preventing things like the loss of the cranes.  We could be a grouping of folks who are casting a watchful eye, thinking about place making and involving the relevant bodies (e.g. CGAP, Council, Community Council, Planning, and other Govan based organisations).

When we come back from Gdansk,  those of us who are willing/able to devote some time, could go round the different groupings and report back on what’s happened: flagging up the emergence of this group at those meetings – inviting folks to join from each session that we report to.

The group will probably self select in the end… as groups tend to do,  but going through a process like this would give it a mandate.

This is the aspiration and ambition with which I intend to travel to Gdansk
I want to keep an open heart and mind, but my intention is to make links and partnerships in the areas where I feel there is the potential to develop actual collaborative projects (public art interventions, festival collaborations with the Govan Fair and research/conference/symposia).

I’m sure everyone will have other ideas and there will be room for all of them and more!!

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

 

Please Donate from £3 to Support the #SaveGovanDocks Campaign

If you would like to make a donation to support the heritage park campaign you can do so via Paypal.

Discussions have been held with a number of interested parties in recent weeks and efforts need to be stepped up a gear if we are to succeed in saving the dry docks from redevelopment. Recent events like the Govan-Partick Charrette and the Govan-Gdansk exchange have raised wider awareness of Govan Graving Docks.


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Funds will be used for travel costs, meetings, postage, research documents, administration and other direct expenses associated with the campaign.

Details of the amounts received (donor names will be removed from the lists for privacy reasons), lists of expenses as well as scanned copies of receipts will be made available to donors on request.

Please do not donate very large sums to this fundraiser. Suggested donation amount is between £3 and £10.

Any surplus funds raised will be donated to the development of the heritage park if and when it goes ahead. Otherwise they will be donated to a local charity.

Buildings at Risk Register – Govan Graving Docks #SaveGovanDocks

This is the description of Govan Graving Docks from the Buildings at Risk Register for Scotland (bold text added for emphasis):

An outstanding graving dock complex without parallel in Scotland. 3 major dry docks, associated quays, capstans and bollards, pumphouses, workshops and other ancillary buildings, retaining and boundary walls, ramped accesses and stairs. The dock walls and quay edges are of grey granite, the working surfaces whinstone setted, and retaining walls and ramp sides are of cream sandstone. Cast-iron gatepiers.

Built for the Clyde Navigation Trust during the years when the Clyde yards led the world in the building of sophisticated merchant ships, so the complex is of architectural/historic interest in an international context, of major significance in terms of the history of the world shipbuilding. Docks Nos 1 and 3 were each the deepest in Britain when built and could take the largest ships afloat.(Historic Scotland)

http://www.buildingsatrisk.org.uk/details/909298

So who’s up for building luxury flats on it and who wants to fully restore the dry docks?