Takeaway plans get the cold shoulder

Controversial plans for a takeaway in Kilcreggan have been thrown out.

The proposals for a change of use at the empty Allsorts shop in the middle of the village prompted 15 objections from residents  to Argyll and Bute Council and stormy scenes at a public meeting.

Today’s meeting of the council’s planning, protective services and licensing committee was recommended to refuse the plan, by a Mr Arshad, with officials saying residents’ fears about noise, disturbance and smells seemed well founded.

The vacant Allsorts shop is in the centre of Kilcreggan
The vacant Allsorts shop is in the centre of Kilcreggan

The area roads engineer had also objected, saying seven car parking spaces would be needed and the plan was ‘not acceptable’.

The planners’ report concluded: “Two letters of support have also been received and officers fully accept that there would be benefits associated with the proposed use, including the re-use of a vacant shop, the provision of a local service and the creation of jobs.

“However none of these factors outweigh the potential adverse  impact upon the amenities of residential occupiers in the immediate vicinity.”

Both the applicant and residents spoke at a heated meeting of Cove and Kilcreggan Community Council in September, when it was said that opening hours would probably be 4-11 or 11-11.

However the day before the meeting the council received a letter from the applicants’ agent , replying to a series of requests for information which was made by letter and phone on  July 31.

In this letter the opening hours were given as 7am to midnight ‘to capture breakfast through to evening meal business’.

At the meeting in Lochgilphead today councillors followed the officers’ recommendation and refused the proposal.

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