Glasgow considers residential project

Plans for around 500 homes on a former hospital site in Glasgow's East End have been submitted to the city council.

Kier Homes is proposing to redevelop the former Belvidere Hospital, owned by NHS Greater Glasgow. It aims to transform the 12.5ha site, which has lain derelict since 1999, with a range of houses and flats and a community park with direct access to the banks of the River Clyde.

Thirty-two flats would overlook the river and a series of tree-lined boulevards is also planned. The scheme is the first major residential development in the Clyde Gateway Project and forms part of the city's wider regeneration plans. The £112 million programme aims to transform derelict land around Parkhead and Dalmarnock with 10,000 homes, shops, a hotel and a national indoor sports arena.

Kier Homes land and planning director Mark McGleish said that the Belvidere proposals are the outcome of almost eight months of pre-application discussions with the council.

"We went to great lengths to consult with the key decision-makers to devise a development brief," he added. "Hopefully this will prevent the application from hitting any stumbling blocks."

The firm, which is being advised by Turley Associates, hopes that construction work will begin next June.

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