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Plans submitted for new Glasgow city centre neighbourhood

The High Street area of Glasgow will benefit from a new £200 million investment in the form of a residential neighbourhood if plans submitted to Glasgow City Council this week are approved.

More than 700 new homes will be built on the site behind the High Street rail station, connecting the Merchant City area right through to the East End. The application proposes a new public square along with over 3000 square metres of retail, leisure, food, drink and commercial business space. It will feature 99 student studios, and new tree-lined access routes.

Executive Deputy Chairman of Get Living, Rick de Blaby, said: “Our £200million proposal is a significant investment for Get Living and commits us fully to the long-term growth and success of Glasgow. Our role will see us working alongside the Council and its own ambitious plans for the city, alongside businesses that need to recruit and retain staff and most importantly for the people of Glasgow to deliver great homes set within new public spaces.

“We have listened carefully to local people, then worked very hard to create these ambitious plans for a new green neighbourhood in the heart of the city. This is a historic site and we are keen to see it become a thriving part of Glasgow’s future.”

The site, which historically has been the site of Glasgow University, the Hunterian Museum and the goods yard of the City of Glasgow Union Railway Company, has lain empty and derelict for many years with just a small area of it being used as a car park.

Following public consultations with the local community, the outline planning consent granted to the previous site owner has been reconfigured to create a truly residential-led and green neighbourhood, including new public amenities and access routes, with the help of local architects Stallan-Brand and international design practice Martha Schwartz Partners (MSP).

Neil Young, CEO of of Get Living, commented: "We believe this new neighbourhood at High Street will be an ideal fit for this part of the city and bring this currently invisible site back to life. We commit to our neighbourhoods for the long term, building vibrant, safe and well-managed places to live. We are committed to bringing this neighbourhood-focused approach to Glasgow.”

Subject to planning consent being granted, work on site would start in late 2018.

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