Glasgow West Conservation Area

  • is a long-standing, already-developed, built-up neighbourhood,
  • is covered by Article 4 directions  (additional conservation controls),
  • has over three hundred listed buildings, many of them grade A,
  • has a very high planning applications rate, both in city and national terms,
  • is a place where money-making from development is relatively easy.

Our guiding principles for responding to Planning Applications in this Conservation Area:

  • National Planning Legislation
  • Glasgow City Plan 2
  • Glasgow West Conservation Area Appraisal
  • Our experience and understanding of local trends and the local scene.

Our 4-member FGW Planning Applications Group  checks all applications – over 300 of them every year, which appear on a Thursday, in the form of a “Weekly List”.  When the detailed plans have been checked in detail, an “FGW Report” is written and any “Letters of Objection” are agreed by the group.

Thankfully, many proposals are fine, and will indeed “preserve or enhance the character of the Conservation Area” as stated in Glasgow City Plan 2.  Such development delivers the kind of long-term improvement to the area’s Victorian and Edwardian building stock which we have all witnessed over recent years, and there is no need for us to make any objection to it.

Some proposals include one or more non-compliant aspects, so here we typically suggest specific improvements to bring them into line with Glasgow City Plan 2.  We find this is worthwhile, as our suggestions (which technically we have to couch as “objections”) are definitely taken up in some such cases, often being incorporated as “conditions of consent”.

A few proposals are irrevocably unacceptable, e.g. because they involve unjustified listed building demolition, or major irreversible damage to the character of the Conservation Area: here we often work with community councils and other local residents in a high-profile public campaign.  In such cases, independent, high-quality information necessary for well-considered planning decisions, is deficient or even lacking, so we have commissioned professional evidence, such as the Engineering Structural Report for Botanic Gardens Garage by John Addison, and the more recent Conservation Appraisal of Otago Lane, produced by MAST Architects with FGW’s Iain Wotherspoon.

Planning contacts – online:


Address for (snail-mail) Letters of Objection or Support:

Head of Planning, Development and Regeneration Services,231 George Street,Glasgow G1 1RX

Address to Report Unauthorised Works:
Planning Enforcement Section
Development and Regeneration Services,
231 George Street,
Glasgow G1 1RX