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Potential tower block in Glasgow harbour gets negative reaction

The Car Hire Glasgow Airport location are not to sure if this latest housing development will be best suited to the area it is looking at building on. 

After a number of high-rise flats being demolished across Scotland in recent years, Glasgow is set to gain a new build, after developers applied for permission to build a tower block.

Dandara has unveiled plans for a 16-storey development of nearly 350 flats for ‘mid-market’ rent in Glasgow Harbour, sparking horror from nearby residents.

Jim McGuire, vice chairman of a local home owners’ association, said “This block will either be the first thing you seen in Glasgow Harbour or the last; it’s a massive monolith designed to provide as many flats as possible in as little space as possible. We don’t think it fits with our neighbourhood at all.”

Critics believe the Dandara project is one of the biggest of its kind in Scotland, a privately owned skyscraper in which all the flats will be for rent, a sort of commercial Red Road. The company, however, reckons it has identified a gap in the market for high-rise living for professionals who can’t or don’t want to buy.

It had planned to build to a different spec for mixed tenure – many of the homes in Glasgow Habour is either owner-occupier or buy-to-let, but is understood to have changed tack.

Mr McGuire and other residents believe the new block is completely out of line with the whole image of Glasgow Harbour, which was the flagship development of the pre-financial crash drive to regenerate the banks of the Clyde.

Local councillor Kenny McLean, of the SNP, said “This block looks like many of the multi-storeys we are pulling down right now, bleak and monolithic. There is a danger here of repeating the mistakes of the past.”