The 'Calton Barras Action Plan' (CBAP) was approved by the Council's Executive Committee on 27 September 2012 and aims to help regenerate the Barras and Calton areas, widely felt to have been 'forgotten' by neighbouring regeneration schemes.
A key objective of the CBAP is to create an attractive and well-connected neighbourhood with a distinctive and vibrant Barras Market at its core. All projects below were identified in the Action Plan and through extensive community consultation:
Calton Barras : Masterplan
A masterplan has been identified as crucial for the area, to help rationalise land use, identify risks and opportunities and to encourage development and investment. Development and Regeneration Services are taking this forward and have drafted a brief for the Masterplan.
Bain Square : Proposals
As part of the Calton Barras Action Plan, the Council is proposing improvements to Bain Square, a key open space in front of the former St Luke's Church, 17 Bain Street, Calton G40 2LA. It aims to address some of the comments received during the consultation event on 13 November 2014 by increasing the area of hard landscaping in front of the Church and reducing the amount grass to create a flexible event space. There is scope to introduce some form of art work to reflect the character of the area (this could be engraving the stone blocks or creating an archway) however this will be carried out as a separate project at a later date.
It is intended to submit the planning application on 08 December 2014 to meet the required timescale of appointing a contractor by end of March 2015.
Barras : Vacant Floor Space Grant
There is a significant amount of vacant and underused floor space (including upper floors) in the Barras area which could be brought back into viable use to meet the growing demand for workshop space and assist in promoting the market as a hub for the creative industries, craftspeople and makers, recycling and furniture restoration etc.
The Barras Vacant and Underused grant scheme was launched on the on 3 March 2014. It was structured as a competitive grant scheme scored against the following criteria:
The grant scheme, which is now closed to new applicants, has resulted in seven offers of 'grant in principle' to properties at key locations in the Barras market area.
These included a number of early actions to improve routes to the east end and the Commonwealth Games venues:
A community group comprised of residents, shop keepers and stakeholders based in this historic area. The group is working towards constitution and charitable status, and will act as a discussion forum for issues affecting the area, brought forward by working groups such as Barras Futures (formerly Barras Clean and Safe Group), Calton Matrix, Calton Area Association, Barras Trust and Barras Shopkeepers Group.
The group will be actively involved throughout the implementation of the Calton Barras Action Plan, will pursue charitable funding relevant to the area and will identify and deliver its own projects.
If you require any further information or assistance please contact:
Development and Regeneration Services
231 George Street
Glasgow G1 1RX