Pollokshields restaurant plans turned down

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Permission to transform a former convenience store in Pollokshields into a restaurant has been refused following fears bins would impose lingering odours on neighbours.

Shazia Niven had applied to Glasgow City Council to turn the Al Noor superstore, on 275 Maxwell Road, into an eatery with the support of residents who felt the area needed new businesses and a place to allow people to socialise.

But concerns were raised from planning officers that there wasn’t a sufficient waste management plan and fumes from the bins would rise to the flats above and to the side of the shop.

Councillors were divided on whether to refuse planning permission, as recommended by officers, or to ask the applicant to submit a suitable document on waste management including how they would prevent fumes from upsetting neighbours.

Plans were discussed by Glasgow City Council’s licensing committee on Tuesday.

Councillor Allan Casey said: “I think this is a positive application which would bring a shop back into use.

“We could ask the applicant to include a waste management plan and get a proper eradication unit that would address the problems with fumes. I suggest we continue this. ”

It was pointed out that there are eight retail and commercial stores operating in the area.

Councillor Malcolm Cunning said: “There is a takeaway almost directly across the road. There is a residential area on one side of the road and commercial properties on the other side.”

Councillor Robert Connelly said: “We need to make sure this doesn’t affect the residential amenity. This could ruin some of the appearance of some of the housing.

“I can understand why some people who live there may not be happy about that.”

Councillor Cecilia O’Lone said: “In some ways it looks like an excellent place to have a restaurant and in some ways it doesn’t.

“There is nowhere on site for a wheelie bin and you can’t put them outside because of the smell.”