COLGRAIN PUB PLAN: The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has lodged a formal objection

By Lucy Ashton

PLANS for an office and pub development at Colgrain in Helensburgh should be approved in principle, council planners say – in spite of concerns over flooding at the site.

The proposals by Pearson Property Promotions for the site at Iona Stables, next to the Morrisons supermarket on Cardross Road, are set to go before councillors next week – nearly a year after they were first formally submitted.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has lodged a formal objection to the plans because it says the plans for the site, opposite the Alder Gate development at Sawmill Field currently being built by Bellway Homes, could leave it liable to flooding.

The report will go before the council’s planning, protective services and licensing committee at a virtual meeting on Wednesday, April 21.

New Helensburgh care home will open in July.

Meanwhile, the name and opening date for a new care home being built next to Hermitage Park in Helensburgh have been revealed.

Simply UK revealed the details for the 64-bed development as they celebrated the ‘topping out’ of the building.

The company says the steel frame of the structure has now been completed and that internal work will continue until the expected completion in June of this year.

The property – to be known as ‘Hermitage House’ – will open the following month.

Paul Lindsay, Simply UK’s senior site manager, said: “From a personal point of view this development has been extremely rewarding.

“Simply UK are expanding rapidly throughout UK, the huge growth will be exciting to be involved in over the next 12 months.”

The property is being built on a former Argyll and Bute Council depot site to the north of the park.

Plans for the home were approved by the council’s planning committee in October 2019 following a 5-4 vote in favour of the company’s plans.

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