A religious site in Dennistoun is to be transformed into new flats.

Twenty-seven homes will be built on the former Dennistoun Gospel Hall after a decision by planning bosses yesterday.

It came despite concerns over a shortage of parking spaces in the area ahead of new restricted parking zones being introduced nearby.

Developers, Nixon Blue Ltd, had initially applied to build 31 flats with just eight parking spaces but revised those plans and will now create 15 spaces for residents.

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But Allan Casey, who represents Dennistoun at Glasgow City Council, said: “The developers have tried to address the issue of parking. I don’t agree that they’ve gone far enough. I think it’s a massive gap in parking provision on the site.

“Come January the works will start commencing on a restricted parking zone. Going forward there won’t be any space for parking anywhere near this development on-street. There is going to be cars there and they’ll have nowhere to go.”

Nixon Blue will create two one-bedroom flats but have reduced the number of two-bedroom flats from 26 to seven while increasing the three-bedroom homes from three to 18.

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Mr Casey added: “When you do the maths, there is an increase in the number of bedrooms.

“Although the number of flats has reduced, the number of bedrooms has increased. So the reduction of flats doesn’t take away the concerns about parking.”

His comments followed objections by the area’s MSP, Ivan McKee, who said: “I have concerns that the height, building materials and overall aesthetic of the development that has been proposed are not in keeping with the surrounding historic tenement structures of the area.

“I also have significant concern that the six-storey height will have a detrimental impact on the privacy of the houses opposite and could lead to loss of natural light.

“It would appear that the applicant has failed to meet the concerns of residents.”

Despite those comments, members of the planning committee were happy with the plans.

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Robert Connelly said: “Understanding the issues around Dennistoun about parking and transport, I think the applicants have made a good attempt at trying to increase the amount of parking in this development. It fits quite well into the area.”

Anne McTaggart added: “I think even if you built a hut there you would have a lack of access to parking. It is overloaded. Houses are the main priority in my mind over parking.”

Councillors voted by 8-3 to approve planning permission.