Bid to build on history
Plans to build eight new homes in the centre of Prestwick have been lodged with council chiefs.
The plot is occupied by a former car lot and derelict house in Monkton Road at the gateway to the bustling Main Street.
Applicant Emdastates Ltd have lodged plans for the new units and 16 car parking spaces.
However, officials from the West of Scotland Archaeology Service have expressed early concern over any potential building on the site.
In a letter to council planners, they note that the plot falls within an area of “increased archaeological sensitivity associated with the historic core of Prestwick”.
They add: “The application is likely to be located within the earliest area of Prestwick to be occupied, and as a result may have the potential to produce material associated with the development of the town from the medieval period onwards.”
A“professional archaeological contractor” should be appointed, they say, to carry out investigations on the ground before any building work takes place.
Designs This drawing show how the new homes would look