PLANNERS have approved changes to an empty Gourock town centre retail unit which is now set to be turned into an art shop/gallery.
Artist Alec Galloway has been given permission to make shopfront alterations at 26 Kempock Street, which was last used as women’s clothing shop Alison’s.
The premises will be a base for Galloway’s Crow Cottage Arts enterprise.
A report by officials states: “The proposal relates to a new business that will operate primarily as an art shop/gallery, selling artworks and other goods.
“An ancillary element of running art education classes for school children and art enthusiasts is also to be provided within the premises.
“The classes are proposed to be run roughly one a month, each lasting for around three hours at a time, and can be considered incidental in planning terms due to their infrequent nature relative to the main use.”
It continues: “The proposal would bring a retail unit back into use, eliminating a dead frontage, and would have a positive impact on the appearance of the street.”
Opening hours are expected to be 10am to 5pm, six days a week.