Plan to build Glasgow snooker hall, shisha bridge and South Side food outlets rejected


A bid to build food outlets, a billiard room and a shisha smoking terrace on vacant land on the south side was rejected.

Plans were submitted to Glasgow City Council to regenerate a brownfield site at 55-57 Maxwell Road in July last year.

The applicant, Asif Nasair of Sama Enterprise Ltd, wanted to create ‘Southside 57’, a ‘social hub’ with drive-through food outlets, a pedestrian food parade, pool and billiard tables, a playground indoor catering and a shisha terrace.

However, council planners ruled that the proposed development ‘fails to deliver’ a ‘distinctive high quality neighbourhood’ and ‘fails to respond adequately to sufficient active street frontage and presence along of Maxwell Road”.

They added that the plan would not provide a “safe and pleasant neighborhood”.

The application said the land, which previously housed Caledonian’s railway engineers department, had been “in a state of steady decline for many years”.

He said: ‘These proposals aim to regenerate this site area into a vibrant community asset that is deeply rooted in the culture of Glasgow’s south side.

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No alcohol was reportedly sold at the site, which would have included eight food outlets housed in former shipping containers and a partially vehicle-less food parade with outdoor seating.

There were plans for 15 pool tables and eight to 10 pool tables as well as an indoor food court with “comfortable” private booths and loose seating.

The app stated: “Events and social venues are often viewed negatively by the public and local residents due to excessive noise, crowds and anti-social behavior, all of which are greatly exaggerated by alcohol consumption.

“Without this, the 55 to 57 Maxwell Road proposals seek to become a welcome part of the local community and to have minimal impact on the immediate environment, without the negative behavioral traits influenced by alcohol.

Artist's impression of how the development would have looked
Artist’s impression of how the development would have looked

“The proposals aim to create a vibrant community asset during the day and a more introverted social center at night.”

He added: “The incorporation of the use of shisha has been an essential component of the project brief from the start.

“Special attention has been paid throughout the design process to provide suitable space for this which is both comfortably sheltered while complying with current legislation.

“E-shisha will also be offered as a tobacco-free alternative and the use of any kind of shisha will be restricted to designated areas.”

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