Waitrose plans link with town’s history

How it could look - the tribute to the Comet
How it could look – a tribute to the Comet

Amended plans for the long-awaited Waitrose supermarket on the outskirts of Helensburgh have been revealed.

They feature a horticultural display at the front of the 36,000 square feet store, which is due to open together with a petrol station in November.

And to mark the town’s history the firm also wants to install a silhouette of the Comet steamship, in association with Helensburgh Heritage Trust.

The trust had initially wanted the Comet structure on Helensburgh’s pier, but the plans failed to win backing from councillors last year.

2012 was the 200th anniversary of Comet, which was the world’s first passenger steamship – it was designed by Henry Bell, the first provost of Helensburgh.

It is understood that a metal version of the Comet silhouette will be made once planning permission is obtained.

The Waitrose plans, which were lodged with Argyll and Bute Council last week, also include relocation of the petrol station kiosk and forecourt, as well as other changes because of ‘minor design development and/or on-site circumstances’.

There were more than 800 public comments on the initial Waitrose plans; details of the proposed amendments are here.

Below are the latest visualisations of the supermarket will look on its site at Craigendoran between the A814 Cardross Road and railway line.