MORE homes can be built on a former bus depot site in Govanhill, the council has ruled.

Link Group – the company behind the redevelopment of the old Larkfield depot – has now secured permission for a further 121 homes.

In partnership with Govanhill Housing Association, the developer will deliver a ‘retirement living’ block and four blocks for ‘elderly amenity’ properties.

The homes will be built on land at the corner of Victoria Road and Butterbiggins Road.

Over 180 flats and houses for mid-market rent have been developed on the majority of the site, following a partnership between Link and construction firm Ashleigh.

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The retirement living block will be provided by Link, with properties available at mid-market rent and through the new supply shared equity scheme.

Under that scheme, eligible participants pay for the biggest share – between 60 and 80% – of the home’s costs, and the Scottish Government holds the remaining share under a ‘shared equity agreement’.

It is open to first-time buyers and priority groups, including people over 60.

“The retirement living model is aimed at persons over 60 who are able to live independently without care support,” the plans state.

“This can include people who are looking to downsize or people who are looking to move to a community of a similar age.”

The block will have two lifts and a common room.

The four ‘elderly amenity’ blocks will be available for social rent and managed by Govanhill Housing Association.

Overall, the development will include 48 one-bedroom flats, 69 two-bedroom flats and four three-bedroom flats.

There will be 49 car parking spaces, an 18-space scooter store and cycle storage for 40 bikes.

A council report states: “While this is less than the minimum standard, the applicant has provided a case that the site is in a highly accessible area and the client group for the flatted properties would have a low car ownership level.

“This site is in an area where car ownership is one of the lowest levels anywhere in the city, with two town centres, with a range of shops and services, within less than five minutes walking distance.”

First Group closed the depot in 2014 and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon officially opened a new hub, First Glasgow Caledonia on Cathcart Road, in December that year.