Planning developments – latest

A major redevelopment of Gourock has been given the go-ahead, while plans have been submitted for a house in the gounds of a Cove hotel, and to turn a Helensburgh pub into a restaurant/takeaway.

The £4.7m Gourock project, which includes a one-way system for Kempock Street, was approved by Inverclyde Council’s planning board earlier this week.

There would also be 400 parking spaces, new public spaces and a small boat launch facility at the pierhead.

Council Leader Stephen McCabe said: “This is an important milestone for a project representing the biggest single investment in Gourock for many years.

‘There has been a lot of discussion and debate over the past few months but I am confident the plans have taken the view of local people and businesses on board and have come up with the best possible solution.

“ It is vital that we improve the shopping and visiting experience for people while ensuring local businesses and traders benefit.”

During the public consultation process 178 people made representations, of which 51 objected, 124 supported and three provided observations; this compares to more than 1,300 people who have already made representations on the Cove Community Wind Farm plans.

Meanwhile, plans have been submitted to Argyll and Bute Council to turn the Teak and Ash pub on Helensburgh’s West Princes Street.

Zulfiqar Haider wants to turn the property into a restaurant and takeaway – more details are available here.

And in Cove, Murdo MacLeod is applying to build a house in the ground of the grade-B listed Knockderry House Hotel – details are on Argyll and Bute’s website here.

Artist’s impressions and plans of the Gourock proposals can be seen here.