THE iconic Cloch Lighthouse's derelict outbuildings could be set for transformational restoration.

An architectural planning application has been lodged with Inverclyde Council seeking permission to form a two-bedroom home.

The intention is to 'maximise views' whilst using reclaimed materials and revive the buildings in keeping with the historic main structure.

A design document submitted by Edinburgh-based Benjamin Tindall Architects said: "The lighthouse is B-listed, and significant as one of the most iconic lighthouses to have assisted boats navigating the Clyde for the purposes of leisure, trade, emigration, and war.

"By design, it dominates the views all around."

The light-keeper's housing and outbuildings, positioned below the road with a wall obscuring the view of them, are currently roofless relics of a bygone age.

It is intended to transform them into a layout suitable for day-to-day living.

The planning application states: "The brief is therefore to maximise views to the west and north, to brighten the gloomy first floor, and upgraded the fabric to modern standards of insulation and heating, as far as practical.

"A fully-glazed toughened glass extension is proposed on the north terrace to create a light-touch enclosed space from which to fully enjoy the wonderful coastal setting and skies during the frequent inclement weather.

"Due to the enclosing nature of the surrounding buildings, this will be barely visible from the principal entrance elevation."

The application document adds: "Benjamin Tindall Architects intend all new works to be in keeping with the existing buildings in terms of scale, style, detail and materials.

"The principal entrance elevation remains relatively untouched, with modest alterations occurring on the less-visible seaward side.

"Massing and profile of the existing roofs essentially remains the same, whilst missing outbuilding roofs are reinstated exactly as before.

"Appropriate materials and detailing will be chosen, based on existing traditional examples.

"Materials will be sourced as locally and ecologically as possible. The use of reclaimed materials such as slate and stone will be given preference, and sustainable timbers specified for windows and doors.

"New extensions to the link, porch and outbuilding courtyard will be of more modern construction as appropriate to distinguish them from the historical buildings, yet still sympathetic in material, colour and scale."