Rothesay gap site: planning application submitted

Workers moved on to the Guildford Square gap site in Rothesay town centre on Thursday as a planning application for the development of the site was published.

Workers moved on to the Guildford Square gap site in Rothesay town centre on Thursday as a planning application for the development of the site was published.

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A planning application has been submitted for the redevelopment of a notorious gap site in Rothesay town centre.

Local building contractor George Hanson, who bought the site from Argyll and Bute Council earlier this year, is seeking permission for a new three-storey development, with 290 square metres of retail space on ground level and two flats on each of the floors above.

Workers moved in to the site for the first time on Thursday to begin clearing the area, although building work will not start unless and until planning permission is granted.

The future of the site - which has lain empty for more than 20 years - has provoked a good deal of local debate, largely sparked by rumours that the retail space on the ground floor was to be leased to Tesco or another supermarket chain.

The planning application papers publicly available on the Argyll and Bute Council website (enter 13/01930/PP in the search box, click Search, then click Documents and then ‘View associated documents’, give no indication of whether a deal has yet been struck with any retailer for the lease of the site.

We contacted Mr Hanson’s office on Thursday for an update, but were told he would not be available until Friday.