Permission has been granted for nine-storey block of flats near Glasgow city centre despite objections from locals.

City planners have given the go-ahead for the development at a former car park on the corner of Watson Street and Gallowgate.

The building will have 46 flats for mid-market rent, with 42 of them with two bedrooms and four with one bedroom.

There will also be a ground floor office unit but no parking will be provided.

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Council officials had recommended approval, adding: “The site has been a surface level car park for several decades, following demolition of traditional sandstone warehouse buildings in the late 1980s.

“The resultant gap site is seen as being detrimental to the unique character of the Central Conservation Area and its redevelopment is welcomed."

Dozens of objections were submitted in response to the proposal including from a committee set-up to 'promote and protect' the interests of 178 residential property owners at the nearby Merchant Building.

The main issues stemmed from the height of the building and the reduction in natural daylight it would cause for other residents.

Other objections included loss of views from neighbouring flats, the proposals will overlooking neighbouring residential properties, general design and use of materials not in keeping with their surroundings, a lack of amenities to accommodate the scale of development, overcrowding and that it would create a loss of existing open space and trees will significantly impact in local amenity.

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Locals also raised concerns that the development is not in line with the culture of the Gallowgate area and is 'far from suitable for office space'.

Criticism was also aimed at Glasgow City Council for their planning portal showing incorrect timescales for responses.

Planning bosses ultimately said: “The format of development proposed is modestly taller than the established wider datum of Trongate and High Street and its design and elevational treatment suitably responds to all public vistas.

“The proposals will follow the established building line on Watson Street which will ensure that adequate separation distances are achieved between opposing residential windows.

“Whilst the proposals will generate sunlight and daylight impacts to a limited number of flats on Watson Street, having regard to the inner city location and confined nature of the site, it is accepted that the proposals strike an appropriate balance between daylight / sunlight impacts and repairing the urban fabric and contribution to place-making.”