Selfridges site to become car park

07 Feb 2009

by Vivienne Nicoll, Evening Times

Selfridges has finally decided to develop its Glasgow site - into a car park and public space.

The company bought the former Goldberg's plot in Trongate almost seven years ago, but it has been lying derelict since.

Despite pressure from planning bosses, Selfridges still says it has no immediate plans to build the store.

Instead, it has revealed it intends consulting the public on moves to tidy up the large eyesore site.

It is hosting a community event at City Halls, in the Merchant City, on July 15 from 4-8pm.

Selfridges is preparing a planning application for temporary land use and environmental improvements at the site.

It intends demolishing derelict buildings, temporarily using the land as public open space and creating a footpath and car park.

Jones Lang LaSalle, which is acting as planning consultant for Selfridges Retail, said the retailer wants to provide the area with an improved environment in the "short to medium" term until the redevelopment can be started.

Consultations are also being held with Glasgow City Council, Historic Scotland, Merchant City Initiative, Merchant City Community Council and local elected members.

David Bell, of Jones Lang LaSalle, said: "The proposals will complement the wider regeneration in the Merchant City in recent years and avoid the site blighting future investment."

City councillor Gordon Matheson said: "I share everyone's frustration with Selfridges, but remain hopeful the store will open. Meantime, we need to improve the look of the site."

Reproduced with the permission of the Herald & Times Group.

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