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Plans for Glasgow's Otago Lane opposed

Protest at Otago Lane
Image caption Protesters are trying to halt plans to develop Otago Lane

Campaigners are attempting to block plans for a multi-million pound development in a historic part of Glasgow's west end.

Developers want to build more than 140 flats and several commercial units in Otago Lane beside the River Kelvin.

But objectors said the proposals would destroy the character of one of Glasgow's last Bohemian quarters.

Nearly 2,000 written objections have been sent to planning officials, the Save Otago Lane Campaign said.

The lane is home to a range of small shops including tea house Tchai-Ovna, booksellers Voltaire & Rousseau and independent record shop Mixed Up.

Tchai-Ovna owner Martin Fell told BBC Scotland news online that the planned development in a conservation area would damage tourism and hit local businesses.

"This lane is unique in historical, economic and artistic terms," he said.

"This proposed development in one of Glasgow's only Bohemian quarters would have repercussions not only for the area but for Glasgow and Scotland at large."

The campaigners have received support from a number of MSPs from different political parties, and thousands of people have signed an online petition against the plans.

A deadline for objections to the proposal has been set for Wednesday.

'Vast improvement'

But the developers, Otago Street Developments Ltd, said the plans were in keeping with both the principles and the spirit of the local conservation area and local plan.

In a statement, the company said: "A vast improvement will be made to the area aesthetically by refurbishing several existing blocks to a high standard, while filling unappealing gap sites with quality new-build property.

"We are confident this latest development will enhance the immediate locality and will also contribute to the regeneration of the wider west end," it added.

Glasgow City Council said the proposed development would be considered by its planning applications committee "in due course".

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