New plans to open a restaurant in Baillieston have been launched after the developer’s bid to offer take-out was rejected amid claims there are too many in the area.
Council planners rejected efforts by Mohsin Haq to turn a store at 29 Main Street into a takeaway, but the claimant has now returned with a new proposal.
He believes his plan to open a restaurant with table service addresses the concerns raised by the previous application. Planning officials had judged that the original proposal would be detrimental to the area and residential amenities.
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There had been opposition to this plan from former councilor Elaine Ballantyne and the Baillieston Community Council. Cllr Ballantyne had said there was a ‘significant oversupply of takeaways’ on Main Street and said another would cause parking problems.
Stephen Love, from the Community Council, said members would prefer to reduce the number of takeaways. “It goes against health and well-being and does not help fight obesity,” he added.
Mr Haq has now applied to turn the store into a restaurant, complete with parking, and believes the current proposal alleviates initial concerns.
Its application stated: “A private car park has been formed on adjacent land owned by the applicant to service the new restaurant to ensure that all parking is off-street and does not cause parking problems on the existing street.
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“These proposals are not for hot take-out, the proposals are for a sit-down restaurant. The development should not result in additional rubbish given the sit-in nature of the proposals.
He added that his plans would provide “an option that is not currently available on Main Street for residents.”
The application reveals that the upper floor of the property will also be part of the restaurant, removing “any conflict” by “regarding residential property above”. “We would now say that the proposals should now be ‘favorably considered’ given that they do not have an ‘unacceptable effect on residential amenities’.”
Mr Haq appealed against the decision to reject the original application, but it was rejected by the local planning review board.