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 signedthe heritage park petitionto get one friend (two would be better) who has not yet signed to do so, as well as the new petitions:
The pump house at Govan Graving Docks from Pacific Quay
This is the “official” blog of the Heritage Park petition. Any other blogs claiming to be published on behalf of the petition organiser are false.
We request Glasgow City Council, along with other relevant stakeholders, look into the possibility of renovating the Govan Graving Docks at Clydebrae Street in Glasgow to create a shipbuilding heritage park on the site. As much as possible of the existing dock structure should be retained, including the renovation of the pump house building as a café and visitor centre.
The site is Category-A listed and identified in the Register for Scotland as being at risk. It is a significant part of the city’s industrial heritage however since closing down it has fallen into disrepair through years of neglect. It consists of three large drydocks that were capable of accommodating the largest ships in the world when they were built. The dock walls are of solid granite and despite showing much cosmetic wear they are likely to be structurally intact.
Most other docks in Glasgow have been filled in to make way for modern developments and this is one of the few remaining docks on the Clyde, apart from those still in operation, that have not been completely filled and built over. As such any modern developments that would destroy the character of the site should be ruled out.
A shipbuilding heritage park would be a major tourist attraction for Glasgow and fit well with other redevelopments in the surrounding area such as Pacific Quay and the Riverside Museum.