New plan lodged to turn former Grangemouth pub into shops

A new application to create four separate shop units at a former public house has been lodged – a year after a similar plan was knocked back by Falkirk Council.

By James Trimble
Thursday, 25th February 2021, 4:20 pm

In February 2020, local authority planners refused the change of use application from local business owner Shajaz Ali to turn the vacant Bowhouse Hotel, in Bowhouse Road, Grangemouth into four retail units.

The reason given at the time was concern over parking provision.

Mr Ali and his brother Ishy, who owns the Costcutter GKR store in Loanhead Avenue, Grangemouth, purchased the Bowhouse Hotel in 2019 and were planning to site stores at the location.

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Another application has been lodged with Falkirk Council to convert the former Bowhouse Hotel into four shop units

At the time the brothers said they were in the early stages of looking to convert the premises into a convenience store and possibly other shops so it could again serve the community.

Ishy told The Falkirk Herald: “We have been in Grangemouth all our life and, although it all depends on planning, this shop will be opening there. There will also be other units there, but we don’t know what will go in them as yet.”

Commenting on the 2020 plan, a Falkirk Council spokesman said: “It is considered insufficient parking provision exists on site to accommodate the proposed development. Further concerns also relate to the likely increase of on street parking at Bowhouse Road.

“As a result the proposed development would not safeguard the interests of road users.”

Planners are still considering the new updated application – which was validated on February 14, 2021.

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