Plans to build 152 homes in the Ibrox area of Glasgow have been approved by Glasgow City Council’s planning committee. Glasgow Housing Association (GHA), whose former tenements on the site were demolished and laid empty for the last decade, has now been given the green light to build a new development that will consist of 116 socially rented homes and 36 homes for mid market rent.

This news has been welcomed by many with housing in the Ibrox and Govan area said to be in high demand due to the opening of Scotland’s £842m flagship hospital.

However a number of objections had been raised by local residents, the Ibrox and Cessnock Community council and Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland. All were concerned about the loss of green space in the area, the increase in traffic related to the new development and the design and colour of the buildings not being in keeping with others in the area.

Despite the concerns, the plans have been approved and the work is due to start by the end of the year with the completion aimed for 2018. The new development will be erected on a derelict site bounded by Broomload Road, Skene Road and Paisley Road West.

David Fletcher, GHA’s director of regeneration, said: “We’re looking forward to work starting on these new homes, which will make a big difference to the area and to the quality of life of local residents.”

He added: “These modern, spacious homes will also be highly energy-efficient, which means tenants will save money on their fuel bills.”

“We’ll keep the community fully involved and work with our partners at the city council and the Scottish Government as the plans move forward.”

GHA is part of the Wheatley Group, one of Scotland’s largest Housing Associations.  Collectively the Housing Association sector owns and manages 277,000 homes across the country and provides housing for almost half a million people at rents they can afford.

The sector is expected to deliver material volumes of new mid market rent properties to the private rented sector in the years ahead as Scotland attempts to tackle its housing crisis across all tenures.