Balmichael Visitor Centre has been many things since it first opened 21 years ago.
It was opened at Easter 1997 by David and Gillian McClelland with three shops, a tearoom, quad bikes and a small motor museum.
Over the years it has had some good times and bad times. For some years it was a thriving enterprise with craft shops and more recently the Arran Family Fun Park, which seemed to have good potential, but did not last long.
Now plans have been unveiled for self-catering accommodation and camping pods and it would be good to see some new life breathed into the site.
But with seven acres of land, we have to wonder if Steel Stone Holdings Ltd, a London-based real estate firm, which has made the application, may have further plans for the site. It say it has ruled out owner occupied homes as it believes such a use would be incompatible with the rest of the business. But what is that business to be?
We will watch developments with interest.