RESTAURANT Plan For Empty Dennistoun Bank Is Refused Again

22 December, 2022 | Food and Drink

PLANNERS have rejected a second application to turn vacant bank premises in Dennistoun into a restaurant.

The proposal involved the ground floor and basement at 424 Duke Street, which was a branch of the TSB, but has been disused for some time.

Glasgow City Council previously refused permission for the premises to be used as a restaurant with takeaway.

The new proposal did not involve a takeaway element, addressing one of the reasons officials rejected the original plan.

But the council has refused the revised application saying it breached a policy on how many food and entertainment venues there can be on each street block.

Their report states: “Two out of seven premises in the street block frontage are already in use as hot food takeaways or public house therefore the street block is already significantly above the 20 per cent threshold set in Assessment Guideline 10.

“The proposed use would result in 42.8 per cent of the units in the street block frontage in use as a food, drink and entertainment use, contrary to Assessment Guideline 10.”

“The proposal would therefore result in an increase in noise, activity and cooking fumes and would unacceptably impact on the residential amenity of neighbouring properties.”

A statement submitted by the applicant had explained: “Despite extensive marketing there have been no expressions of interest other than for class 3 [food/drink] uses, so unless the local authority are prepared to countenance a deteriorating and decaying property below residential property, the use of the premises as a restaurant would appear to be a most appealing and acceptable proposition.

“The new restaurant will complement other establishments in the area, contribute to the area’s appeal for both residents and visitors alike and further the vibrancy and vitality of the locality.”

No details were given in planning documents about whether an operator for the restaurant had been lined up.

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