Development Proposals at Former Gas Works

By Jane Cruickshank / September 18, 2023

A GLASGOW-BASED developer is seeking planning permission for 11 housing units at the former gas works site on Cowgate.

The Alderman Group is proposing a residential development of four, three-bedroomed semi-detached homes; a one-bedroomed mid-terrace house; and and six flats – along with 22 car parking spaces at the vacant site within the town’s conservation area. The flats would be contained within two, three-storey blocks.

According to the design and access statement accompanying the application, the development is designed to meet affordable housing requirements.

The potential high cost in developing the site due to possible contamination from its previous use as a gas works is also noted in the statement: ”The associated financial burden of doing so is acknowledged and has been taken into account to generate the site layout and mix of accommodation proposed in this application.”

This is not the first development bid on this brownfield site in recent years. Last May, Scape Homes lost their planning appeal against Aberdeenshire Council’s refusal of planning permission for a 57-bed care home. Reporter Katrina Rice cited concerns for service vehicle access along the narrow streets and the impact the three and four-storey building would have on its setting within the conservation area.

Full details of the planning application are available online, along with a facility to comment.