Bid to build on his­tory

Ayrshire Post - - Bob Shields -

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

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