COUNCILLORS have approved a plan for a large new Co-op convenience store in Gourock.
Inverclyde Planning Board agreed that the Fisher Trucks premises in Cardwell Road can be demolished to create a site for the new premises which will replace both the shops the Co-op currently has in the town — in Shore Street and Cardwell Road.
Those outlets have combined sales floorspace of just under 200 square metres. The new shop will have a sales area of 460 square metres. The two storey-building will have storage accommodation on the upper floor.
A new traffic light pedestrian crossing will be installed on Cardwell Road (between Caledonia Gardens and Tarbet Street) as part of the development. Twenty-three parking spaces will be provided.
Board chairman Councillor David Wilson said: “Our experience of Co-op convenience stores in Inverclyde is very good. Their stores in Kilamcolm, Port Glasgow, Eldon Street, Greenock and Wemyss Bay have been very successful.”
A report by planners, who had recommended that councillors give the go-ahead for the store, stated: “As the application site is not within an established town or local centre as defined by the adopted Inverclyde Local Development Plan, [the proposal] is technically contrary to the development plan.
“Having considered all aspects of the proposal however, including the potential impact on the nearest town and local centres, it is concluded that the limited impacts on these centres would not justify refusal of the proposal.
“Furthermore, there are positive benefits associated with the proposal through the retention and possible growth of employment opportunities and the redevelopment of a brownfield site at the heart of the local community.”