New shop plan gets go-ahead

Published: 3 Feb 2012 10:003 comments

PLANS for a new shop unit in Greenock have been given the go-ahead despite more than 360 objections.

ALL CHANGE: This former housing depot in Fife Road is to become a new retail unit.

ALL CHANGE: This former housing depot in Fife Road is to become a new retail unit.

The former housing maintenance depot off Fife Road in Larkfield is to be changed into a retail unit after councillors gave the green light.

Residents raised a petition with 369 signatures protesting about the application.

Objections stated that the privacy of properties on Burns Road would be adversely affected, there would be an over-provision of shops and litter problems.

Concerns over possible loitering and anti-social behaviour were also raised but Inverclyde Planning Board voted to approve the application.

A development at Gourock Yacht Club, meanwhile, has been put on hold until councillors visit the site.

The club wants to create a new car park with 45 spaces along with a boat marshalling area, covering a foreshore length of around 120 metres.

Club officials say granting the application would encourage more sailors of small craft to use the water and allow major dinghy events to be run from the facility. A total of 22 objections have been made by local residents, with two letters sent in support of the bid.

Objections included the effect on the environment, visual impact, road safety concerns and disruption to residents.

Points in support included benefits to the local community and tourism, as well as freeing up on-street car parking.

Council officials have recommended that the proposals for the Ashton Road premises should be refused.

The planning board has now agreed to visit the site before deciding on the application.

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  • Snausages
    108 posts
    Feb 3, 14:47
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    Soon, there will be more retail units in the Banff road area than in Braehead! On a serious note, this is completely unnecessary. Why on earth could it be considered a good idea for yet another shop? It's baffling.

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  • SAR819
    198 posts
    Feb 3, 15:50
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    if the residents dont want a store just what do they want done to the old property.

    With another shop maybe they can become a self contained unit and avoid bus and transport costs.

    Dont stand in the way of progress and jobs for this deprived town of ours.

    Tesco and Morrisons have been taking us all to the cleaners with their ever lasting price jumps mostly every week.

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  • scotgirl
    52 posts
    Feb 3, 18:39
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    it obviously was in use before, with lorries and vans coming and going, so why the objections etc

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