REGENERATION proposals for a north Glasgow community have been approved by the city council.

More than 600 new houses, greenspace and public realm improvements are planned for Hamiltonhill.

Glasgow City Council’s Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm City Policy Committee today agreed the masterplan will inform future planning applications for the development.

The project is still in its early days and no cost has been announced, but a planning application is due in August this year.

Building is expected to commence in 2019/20.

At the meeting, Bailie Christy Mearns said: “This masterplan and project bring some really exciting opportunities for new housing in Hamiltonhill.”

Tenements built between the 1930s to 50s have since been demolished and left swathes of empty land in Hamiltonhill.

Existing houses are cottage flats, with one flat upstairs and another downstairs.

The new development will seek to fill in the gaps with flats, town houses and other homes.

Around half will be social housing and the rest sold on the market.

Connectivity will be improved with barriers to cycle paths along the canal corridor removed.

New small parks throughout the area will help promote biodiversity and leisure for residents.

Structures will also include solar panels, green roofs, rainwater harvesting capabilities and environmentally friendly measures.

The design of the buildings will be modern, with developers saying they “should reflect the highest standard of design”.

Those living in the area already are also set to have an influence on the actual design of the new buildings.

But Ms Mearns, a Scottish Greens councillor, was concerned there were no community facilities in the masterplan.

Most of the land is owned by Glasgow City Council and its arm’s length property company, City Property (LLP).

Councillor Frank Scally added: “Six hundred houses in Hamiltonhill is brilliant, and that 300 will be social housing is good news.”

Bailie Jacqueline McLaren said: “The biggest thing that came out of the consultation with residents was that the community were completely on board and engaged with what’s happening.”

Later, she added: “It’s a great development for the north of the city.”