Polmont flats plan given the green light

Councillors had expressed concerns over the development's proximity to St Margaret's Primary in Polmont
Councillors had expressed concerns over the development's proximity to St Margaret's Primary in Polmont
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Plans to flatten a fast food shop to make room for a block of flats have been approved – after the developer agreed to move some windows.

The former petrol station at Salmon Inn Road in Polmont was targeted for demolition to allow six flats, a new takeaway, a shop and parking to be built.

But Falkirk Council’s planning committee opted to carry out a site inspection after concerns were raised about the impact it might have on the area.

Local Councillor Malcolm Nicol admitted he was worried that some windows of the flats would overlook the playground of the St Margaret’s Primary School across the road.

Councillors were told officers were recommending the planning bid be granted, but they agreed to continue to give the applicant the chance to consider if windows on the first floor of the proposed block of flats could be relocated.

When they met last week development manager Ian Dryden said a compromise had been reached.

He told the committee: “The proposal now is to reduce the number of windows at first floor level on the back of the building by moving some to the gable end.

“The applicant has made every effort to address the concerns of the committee and offered a solution he hopes the committee will find favour with.”

Committee convener Baillie Billy Buchanan said: “The applicant has listened to our concerns and amended things accordingly and that’s not something that happens too often.”