PLANS for a small development of 14 homes next to Port Glasgow Bowling Club have been rejected by Inverclyde Council.

The proposals – which consisted of nine bungalows and five flats in Birkmyre Avenue – have been refused planning permission.

MAST Architects submitted the application for the L-shaped site on behalf of Safe as Houses just over a year ago.

But the local authority has only recently confirmed its decision to block the plans – advising the applicant in a letter last month.

The council said: “It has not been demonstrated that the development will not have an adverse impact on flood risk as the proposed development has not been supported by a verified and independently checked drainage impact assessment.”

The land is close to Devol Burn and just under a 10-minute walk from St John’s Primary School in Mary Street.

A design statement, prepared by the architects, said in June last year: “The new proposals are to create nine residential bungalows along the northern end of the site.

“These will comprise three semi-detached blocks and one terrace of three.

“The area to the south of the site at the end of the L-shape will accommodate a block of five ground floor flats in a single-storey block.

“All units will offer one bedroom except one larger unit with two bedrooms.

“The site will be accessed from Birkmyre Avenue by a new access road, matching the existing planning approval, running alongside the boundary to the bowling club with a turning head at the end.

“The bungalows will have driveways off this new access road and there will be parking for the flats at the turning head.”

However, the decision notice ultimately disclosed that the application was unsuccessful in its bid for planning permission on June 20.