Plans for an Indian takeaway in Kilcreggan caused a heated row on Tuesday night.
The proposal for the empty Allsorts shop in the middle of the village are bitterly opposed by residents, who say they have been kept completely in the dark.
Mr Singh addressed Cove and Kilcreggan Community Council on behalf of the applicant, who he said was working in Glasgow when he found out there as no Indian takeaway in this area.
“It can create revenue and business and jobs,” he said.
“If the planning permission is granted noise and smells will be contained.
“At the end of the day he is trying to feed a family. He is trying to create revenue and local jobs – maybe a delivery driver and maybe someone to help in the kitchen.”
Hours would usually be 4-11 or 11-11, he added.
But John Jarvie, who lives immediately above the shop, said the application actually used his address rather than the shop’s.
“Nobody has asked us anything, we have never had any approach,” he said.
He added that the external flue on initial drawings stopped right outside another neighbour’s window, and the fumes and smells would linger because the cliffs at the back go up to the same height as the building.
“We are extremely concerned,” he added.
“Our main concern, which is not a planning consideration, is that as soon as the council says yes, virtually no company will give a mortgage on that flat. We would basically lose the value of our property.”
He said that the Bank of Scotland, which has a branch next door, also opposed the plan: “Our biggest worry is that the bank might say ‘enough is enough’ and just leave.”
Community councillors asked where waste would be stored but there was no clear answer from the applicants, who also would not say who was the new owner of the shop.
Councillor Tommy Logue said: “Why the mystery, when we want reasonable information?”
He also criticised the ‘downright offensive and nasty little note’ which was put through residents’ doors saying any objections would be in vain.
Community council chairman Nick Davies said the residents had ‘very understandable concerns’, adding that this was the first time he had seen both sides in a planning dispute appear at a meeting, so he was grateful to the applicants for ‘having the courage to come tonight’.
Members had been ‘caught cold’ by the matter though: “It would be very unwise for us to make any comments. We have not had any opportunity to really have a think about this.”
Mr Davies has written to Argyll and Bute Council asking for information about where the proposal ‘has got to in the planning process’, saying residents have valid concerns about noise, smell and food waste and that there was no evidence of any market research having been done since Kilcreggan already has a pub, a hotel serving food and a restaurant/coffee shop.
Details of the application can be found on the council’s website by searching for reference number 13/01465/PP.
UPDATE: After the meeting research at the Land Register of Scotland indicated that the shop was sold on March 21 for £33,000 to Ashia Arshad of Redgauntlet Road, Helensburgh. A PDF copy of the document is here: LR Allsorts