Old Bakehouse owners seek public’s views on flats plan

The former bakehouse building behind the Co-operative Group's Rothesay convenience store has planning permission for conversion to four flats.
The former bakehouse building behind the Co-operative Group's Rothesay convenience store has planning permission for conversion to four flats.

THE owners of a former bakehouse in the centre of Rothesay have appealed for members of the public to give their views on proposals to turn the disused building into flats.

The old bakehouse, located behind the Co-operative convenience store in East Princes Street, has had planning permission for conversion to four flats since June 2009.

And owners Ronnie Hair and Catherine Hughes are now hopeful that they can at last begin to make progress on the project later this year.

“After a wait of two years,” Catherine told us, “we had a visit from the Co-op’s disposals department this week and are hopeful that we have begun discussions which will lead to us finally being able to begin the restoration of The Old Bakehouse.”

The Co-operative Group’s is understood to be concerned about the potential for complaints, once the former bakery building is occupied, over noise from the shop’s air conditioning and refrigeration machines.

“We feel that, along with walls which are 16 inches thick, plus insulation and double-glazed windows, this won’t be an issue,” Catherine continued.

“However, we are very interested to know what islanders think. We are also hopeful that we could hand responses and suggestions on to the Co-op, so that they may consider them in their final decision.”

Catherine also told us the couple had hoped to buy a small section of the service yard around the old bakehouse from the Co-op, to use for bin space and the erection of scaffolding, but that they were no longer optimistic of a sale being completed.