Otago Lane development approved

Oliver Milne

A controversial property development adjacent to Otago Lane is to go ahead despite a long fought campaign by local residents and businesses.

The ‘Save Our Lane’ campaign – which  had fought the proposals by property developer Otago Street Developments to build a series of luxury apartments on the banks of the Kelvin behind Otago Lane – has expressed bitter disappointment at the decision to allow the development to go ahead.

The decision was made following a meeting of the Glasgow City Council’s Planning Committee where it passed with nine votes for, six against and one abstention.

Throughout the process concerns have also been raised about the chosen location of the development given its classification as green space. A concession to the planning committee will see no ground broken until an agreement is reached between Otago Street Developments and the council which will see the developer pay for the provision of green space elsewhere.

No businesses in the lane are directly threatened with closure by this development.

The Save Our Lane campaign has said it will attempt to reverse the decision by Judicial Review.