A NEW housing development in the West End has been given the go-ahead despite 88 objections from local people.

AS Homes (Scotland) applied to build 61 new homes on a brownfield site at Spencer Street in Anniesland.

The area includes a large former laundry, office buildings, an oil pit, a storage building, a derelict engineering workshop and a fire damaged boiler house.

Objectors including High Knightswood and Anniesland community council raised concerns about the design and the impact on traffic, parking and mature trees.

But the city council’s planning committee granted planning permission and work is due to start in the next few weeks.

The development will be carried out with social landlord Sanctuary Housing and will result in 23 properties for private sale along with 38 social houses.

The 36 flats and 25 houses will be a mix of two storey, two and three bedroom, semi-detached and terraced houses along with two bedroom flats built in three storey blocks. Six of the flat will be adapted for wheelchair use.

AS Homes say the development will transform a former industrial site close to Dawsholm Park and deliver a major economic boost, create jobs and deliver new homes to the area.

Managing director Paul Kelly said: “We are pleased to get planning permission for what will be a significant development in Glasgow’s north-west which will help support the city’s private and social housing requirements.

“We look forward to starting on site over the next few weeks and delivering this exciting project with Sanctuary Housing for the people of Glasgow.”

Objectors are worried the new development will result in an increased risk of road accidents.

But in a report to councillors, city planning bosses said they did not believe increased traffic would have a significant impact on road safety and rejected concerns that residents and visitors would park on local streets causing problems for existing residents.

Local residents are also unhappy that a large group of mature trees will have to be felled to allow the new houses to be built.

But planners said the trees are not protected and their loss was not considered sufficient to refuse the application.