Martial arts centre and pub planned for Helensburgh sites

Helensburgh town centre could see a new wine bar/pub, as well as a martial arts centre, if planning applications are approved.

A change of use application has been made by Yellow Thing Ltd to turn 27 West Clyde Street, currently empty but formerly the TG Allan shop, into licensed premises.

Meanwhile permission is also being sought to change the use of offices in Scott Court House on James Street to a martial arts centre.

A design statement submitted on behalf of applicant Mhairi Fulton says that proposals for a dance studio were ruled out because of noise concerns after discussions with council officers.

Instead a martial arts centre of excellence is being proposed – it would be open from 8am to 9pm, with music kept to a minimum.

Classes would be for between 10 and 24 people at a time, with specialised mats fitted which would deaden noise and be unsuitable for dancing.

Details of both planning applications are on Argyll and Bute Council’s website; the reference numbers are 17/02208/PP for the wine bar/pub and 17/02378/PP for the martial art centre.