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Pollok Park Development : Controversy – Planning Application

25 Mar 2008

Go Ape Pollok Park

Members of Glasgow City Council Planning Committee voted 14 to 6 in favour of the Go Ape application

Go Ape Glasgow
Proposal: high-wire adventure course – zip slides & rope swings in the treetops
Location: North Wood of Pollok Park
Developer: Go Ape
Status: 21-year lease approved
Planning application Feedback: 881 objections / 148 in favour

The Burrell Museum
Burrell Museum
photo © Adrian Welch

Go Ape Glasgow High-wire
Architects Sir Barry Gasson and John Meunier – two of the Burrell Museum’s architects – spoke out against the Go Ape high-wire adventure course.

Sir Barry quoted in the Press as saying: “The existing design was chosen because it was the only one that visually engaged with the North Wood. In my opinion, it is fundamental this North Wood – old woodland on record for 250 years – is left undisturbed. The concept of the Burrell has been an inspiration to a number of recent museums around the world and if the city proceeds with this project surely they will say: Glasgow, what have you done?”

Save Pollok Park Campaign request Scottish Government call the planning application

Result condemned by Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (MSP for Govan_ and Deputy First Minister, the National Trust for Scotland, and representatives of the Stirling Maxwell family, who gifted the Pollok estate

Members of the planning committee visited the proposed site in Pollok Park on 25 March and heard from both the developer and the Save Pollok Park campaign group, before their final vote.




Key Building in Pollok Park

Burrell Collection
Burrell Museum
photo © Adrian Welch

Glasgow Parks

Major building close by, to the north of Pollok Park:

House for an Art Lover
House for an Art Lover
photo © Adrian Welch




Glasgow School of Art

Commonwealth Games Stadium
Commonwealth Games Arena
photo © Adrian Welch

Glasgow Landscape Architecture

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