Would you like to live in a graveyard? Buyers swoop on derelict Glasgow cemetery gatehouse

cemetery-gatehouse-circleWould you like to live in a graveyard?

It may sound like a Halloween tale but this could become a reality after buyers swooped on a derelict cemetery gatehouse.

Now the building, at the entrance to Cardonald Cemetery and just yards from the plots, could be transformed in to flats.

The gatehouse – on Mosspark Boulevard – is being sold by City Property.

An offer of £98,000 has been received for the disused three-bedroom villa and today Glasgow City Council’s Executive Committee is being asked to rubber stamp the sale.

A report by City Property – the council’s arms-length buildings organisation – states that the buyers have “various options” for the 0.32 acre site from building six flats to two or creating an office and home.

They could also decide to demolish or refurbish the derelict building.

There would be no objection to either of these options from planning officials, the report states.

It adds: “The proposals range from demolishing and the development of six flats, retaining the existing building and conversion to two apartments or to a mixed use development of part residential and part office use.

“Initial discussions with Development and Regeneration Services Planning indicate that there would be no objection in principle.”

The buyers, who have been named in the report as Hugh and Mairi Kinnaird, were one of nine people who put in an offer for the gatehouse.

Their bid of £98,000 was the second highest but was chosen because it would “not be subject to planning conditions and does not require bank borrowing”, the report states.

It adds that extra discussions were held with council officials over the sale of the building “due to the sensitive nature of this potential disposal forming part of an operational cemetery”.

The property was first marketed in November last year and an offer of £100,000 was received in March.

But it was later withdrawn and the property put back up for sale in August.

Planning officers will ask councillors to approve the sale, at meeting of the Glasgow City Council’s Executive Committee today.


Source: Evening Times

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