Green light sought for partial refurb of Rothesay Co-op

The car park at Rothesay's Co-operative supermarket is to be repainted as part of an upgrade of the store.
The car park at Rothesay's Co-operative supermarket is to be repainted as part of an upgrade of the store.

Hopes that the Co-operative Group might still press ahead with a promised revamp of its Rothesay supermarket have been raised after the company submitted a planning application for at least a small-scale refurbishment of its Bridge Street premises.

The company provoked the ire of Buteman readers when it admitted earlier this month that it had yet to decide whether to proceed with a revamp promised by managers on a visit to Rothesay last year.

But the firm has now applied to Argyll and Bute Council for permission to repaint the building’s existing timber fascias, soffits, window frames and doors, and the installation of new doors at the shop front entrance.

Other recent applications for planning permission or listed building consent for Bute projects include:

* The removal of a collapsing roof and making good the damaged building fabric at Woodend Cottage on the shore of Loch Fad (applicant is the Mount Stuart Trust);

* Erection of a two-storey garage/gymnasium and office building at Kilmachalaig House, Croc-an-Raer, between Port Bannatyne and Ettrick Bay (applicants are Mr and Mrs Patrick McLachlan);

* Change of use of redundant keep at Kames Castle, Port Bannatyne to form dwelling house/holiday accommodation, along with internal alterations to the building in question and the replacement of the existing external cement harl with a new lime harl (applicant is Mr Stuart Scott).

The Kames Castle application is for the renewal of previous planning permission granted in 2010, which recently lapsed under a standard rule which says that work on a project must begin within five years of permission being granted.