A small number of people have questioned the reasons behind the campaign and why we are challenging plans for housing development at Govan Graving Docks. Surely we need new and especially affordable housing?
Yes we agree that new housing is always needed but there are other disused sites not far from Govan Graving Docks that would be far less complex and more cost effective to build housing on. Including several acres of land that used to have houses on it along Broomloan Road.
People need more than just homes to live in. Rewarding and sustainable jobs, learning and recreational facilities are needed as well. It is also of great cultural importance to maintain connections with our past. In terms of present and future opportunity of creating a major maritime tribute on the Clyde – Govan Graving Docks is the only remaining site where this could be done on a a major scale. This is an opportunity that would be lost forever if a major housing development were allowed to go ahead on the docks.
To grant planning consent for a major housing development on the docks would be tantamount to a declaration by Glasgow City Council – that Glasgow has completely abandoned its industrial and maritime heritage – with no intention to ever revive it.
Consultation and outreach work previously carried out by CDPI found the general public and the local community in Govan are overwhelmingly opposed to a private housing development on Govan Graving Docks and for the most part don’t even want to see the site become social housing.
Experts have expressed scepticism that the graving docks site is even at all viable for housing. A view that is unquestionably supported, by the objection to the NCV Ltd planning application, that was lodged by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).
Govan has already lost the iconic shipyard cranes from its skyline. Dry docks like the iconic masterpieces of Victorian engineering we have here will never be built again. Govan Docks Regeneration Trust aims to ensure that the last dry docks in Glasgow are not lost as well.