GO-Ahead Given For £1.5Million Greenock Drive-Thru

1 September, 2021 | Business, Local, Planning

COUNCILLORS have approved a proposal for a drive-thru coffee shop beside the A8 route into Greenock town centre.

Inverclyde Planning Board today unanimously gave permission for the £1.5 million development, which will include indoor seating for up to 40 customers.

It is proposed for a site at Arthur Street, at the corner of Cartsburn Street and Rue End Street.

The application was submitted by Dalglen Investments, owned by local businessmen Sandy and James Easdale, who purchased the half-acre site from Scottish Enterprise in 2018.

The owners are in discussion with a number of national operators, all of whom have shown an interest in the proposed development subject to planning consent being gained.

Dalglen Investment directors, Sandy and James Easdale issued a statement saying: “We are delighted that this proposal has now been approved, It will help to bring a brownfield site which has been vacant for many years back into active commercial use.

“Given the current economic climate, this is a welcome opportunity to secure fresh inwards investment into Inverclyde and to create much-needed jobs for Inverclyde residents.

“This development is expected to provide a significant economic boost to Greenock and its location in particular, while also supporting the multiple businesses nearby.”

Working on the application through the planning process were property firm Bowman Rebecchi, Rebecchi Architectural and national planning agents Ryden.

Bowman Rebecchi and Rebecchi architectural director, Marco Rebecchi said: “This decision is to be applauded by Inverclyde Council’s Planning Board, and we would like to thank the officers for their ongoing dialogue throughout the year.

“The site has lain vacant since 1986 despite several owners, so today’s news means there is now an opportunity to regenerate a key area of the A8 thoroughfare into the town centre.

“Bowman Rebecchi has seen a significant level of interest from most of the major drive-thru brands, and now that planning is approved, we look forward to securing a marquee tenant.”

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