971 people who live, work or study in the Langside area responded to our survey about the future of the Victoria Infirmary site. The survey indicates a high level of public support for community consultation. The Victoria Forum is campaigning for public consultation to take place before a sale is finalized.
75% were concerned about the sale and re-development of the site and 68% thought it important that they should be consulted about it. 63% thought that the sale and associated planning applications should be put on hold to allow fuller pre-sale consultation to take place and 322 individuals want to be ‘actively involved in representing their community, to help shape the detailed proposals’.
The site is now up for sale for ‘residential and supporting uses’ through Savills with the 9.5 acres site having ‘capacity for 500 homes’. A closing date of 10th March has been set.
Asked about development options 71% favoured only selective demolition of the less important buildings with 81% rating highly the architectural importance of some buildings on the site. At present the only listed building on site, guaranteed retention, is the Grade B listed Administration Building.
Views were mixed on the type of buildings to be erected on site; of the nine options suggested, ranging from residential to offices, light industrial and retail, community (66%) and residential (53%) were the most strongly favoured options. Views were mixed on the preferred make-up of residential with private (owner-occupied), rented and residential care all receiving similar levels of support. 71% wanted to see some public space, accessible for community use within the 9.5 acre site. The variety of views could be explored and better understood in a community consultation.
The Victoria Forum supports the sale and redevelopment of the former infirmary site. The Forum is not campaigning for a particular use or community benefit. It simply wants to ensure that the local community is properly involved concerning the options and long term impacts of the Victoria Infirmary redevelopment. Such a move would be consistent both with NHS policies on public engagement and with the spirit of the new Community Empowerment Act. In so doing help the maximum value can be obtained from the site. The Victoria Forum believes that consultation carried out as part of the planning process after the sale is finalized will be too little too late as key development and financial assumptions will already have been made.