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:
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.
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.
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)