Car sales plan for petrol station site approved

Plans for a car showroom on a derelict former petrol station site in Helensburgh have been given the go-ahead.

More than 30 residents objected to the plan for the former Consort service station, cutting fears including parking and litter problems.

Empty for several yard, the site will now be refurbished
Empty for several years, the site will now be refurbished

But yesterday (Wednesday) Argyll and Bute councillors approved the application for the site in East Clyde Street, which has stood empty since it closed down seven years ago.

A report by planning officer Howard Young had recommended approval of the plan, despite the objections, saying: “The works proposed are sympathetic and visually will have a positive impact on the immediate streetscape and will not impact on the setting of either the former Queens Hotel to the rear or 110 East Clyde Street to the west, both of which are Category C listed.”

The plans showed that building would be extended to include a new waiting room, office and valeting and tyre bays..

The site has been decontaminated and underground fuel tanks removed.

The application for change of use would see most of the existing structure to be repainted and smartened up, as well as internal alterations and an extension to include a new office.

Applicants Autopoint own the garage in Garelochhead which recently installed petrol and diesel pumps for the public they now plan to expand their operations into Helensburgh, selling high end cars.