PLANS for the first homes to be built on Queens Quay have been approved by councillors.

Wheatley Group were given the go-ahead to build 146 flats, four commercial units, and parking spaces at a planning committee meeting last Wednesday (March 20).

The housing and property management group plan to build two separate property sites which will be managed by the new district heating centre.

Site A will be a flatted development and will vary between five and seven storeys, compromising of 117 units. This will include 30 three bed flats, 68 two bed flats, and 19 one bed flats.

Nine of the flats will be wheelchair accessible.

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A total of 86 car parking spaces will be provided, with 44 of them having infrastructure in place for the installation of electric vehicle charging points. And 146 storage units for bicycles will be put in place.

The four commercial units will be designed to fit two café or restaurant type shops and two health and care related uses.

Meanwhile, 29 flats to be managed by the council are planned for site B, which will be a six-storey building.

Five of these will be three bedrooms, 17 will be two bedrooms, and seven will be one bedroom.

Five of the flats in this block will be wheelchair accessible and 10 car parking spaces will be provided.

At the meeting on Wednesday, Bailie Denis Agnew said: “This is a long time coming. I welcome this development, it is going to set a benchmark for future development, and it will give quality of life for a number of people coming to the area.”

A resident of Glasgow Road attended the meeting to highlight his objections.

Mark Walker raised a number of concerns including worries of his property being overshadowed, the design and materials being out of keep with the area, traffic and parking problems, and excessive noise during construction.

He said: “While we are not wholly upset we would like some reassurance that traffic and noise disruption would be kept to a minimum.”

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In a report to the planning committee, conditions state that no development shall take place on the site until an updated noise impact assessment has been submitted and approved to the planning authority, and that work can only take place 8am-6pm Monday to Friday, and 8am-1pm on Saturdays.

And twelve months after the first resident moves in, a parking review will be undertaken to establish whether there are any problems.

Councillor Caroline McAllister, vice convener of housing, said after the meeting: “As a council, we are committed to improving the lives of residents by providing high quality affordable homes.

“Queens Quay is a fantastic location and the residents who move into these homes will enjoy excellent amenities on their doorstep as well as stunning views of the Clyde.

“The site will be a great asset to our existing housing stock, and I’m delighted to see the first stage of this new housing development approved today.”