De­bate rages over fu­ture of old bar

The Oban Times - - News -

SCOT­LAND’S largest vil­lage could have one less com­mu­nity hub as a pro­posal to turn it into flats was put for­ward to High­land coun­cil’s plan­ning depart­ment.

Caol com­mu­nity coun­cil (CCC) raised the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to turn the for­mer Lochaber Bar into a block of two-bed­room flats at its meet­ing on Mon­day evening.

The com­mit­tee is fear­ful that once the bar is turned into flats the com­mu­nity will never get it back.

Stephen Young of CCC said: ‘Once you lose it as a com­mer­cial space it will be gone. Once it goes to flats that is it, no go­ing back. But if you give it a chance some­one could still turn it around.’

It was ar­gued at the meet­ing that Caol has enough hous­ing and that the move could also limit public park­ing on Kil­mallie Road as own­er­ship of the build­ing in­cludes a one third share of the front car park.

The park­ing area be­tween the Co- op food store and the chip shop is con­sid­ered es­sen­tial by CCC.

The com­mu­nity coun­cil will re­quest more time to re­spond to the ap­pli­ca­tion to al­low fur­ther con­sul­ta­tion with the com­mu­nity.

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