Ex-eaterie to be­come town cen­tre hous­ing

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News -

JU­DITH TONNER

A for­mer restau­rant in Air­drie town cen­tre is set to be con­verted into two new flats.

North La­nark­shire Coun­cil is ap­ply­ing for plan­ning per­mis­sion to con­vert the first- and sec­ond-storey premises at 8-10 Gra­ham Street into two-bed­roomed prop­er­ties.

They would then be used for coun­cil ren­tal, as part of the au­thor­ity’s plans to cre­ate thou­sands of new homes and in­crease town-cen­tre liv­ing by re­pur­pos­ing sur­plus re­tail space.

Also in­cluded in the ap­pli­ca­tion is the part de­mo­li­tion of a rear stair­way and ex­ter­nal al­ter­ations and re­pairs to the build­ing.

The new flats would be on the floors above two ex­ist­ing shop units, which would con­tinue op­er­at­ing as nor­mal – Christie’s bak­ery and its neigh­bour­ing unit, cur­rently be­ing used tem­po­rar­ily by a foodbank.

Should plan­ning per­mis­sion be granted, the con­ver­sion project on the up­per two floors is ex­pected to take around six months.

A spokesper­son for North La­nark­shire Coun­cil said:“A con­trac­tor for the re­fur­bish­ment has been ap­pointed, and works will com­mence on the ap­proval of the nec­es­sary con­sents. These re­fur­bish­ment works are a fi­nal phase of im­prove­ments to the prop­erty.

“Its first floor was pre­vi­ously com­mer­cial premises oc­cu­pied by a Chi­nese restau­rant, and the sec­ond floor was used as a store.

“The two ground-floor premises would re­main com­mer­cial.”

The Ad­ver­tiser told in 2018 how the build­ing was shrouded in scaf­fold­ing for a year to al­low for ma­jor re­pairs in­clud­ing a re­place­ment roof.

While Christie’s bak­ery and its then card shop neigh­bour were still able to op­er­ate as usual, the build­ing is­sues meant that the fam­ily-run Chi­nese restau­rant on the up­per floors re­lo­cated to op­er­ate in­stead from their take­away premises in Plains.

Air­drie rep­re­sen­ta­tive Neil Gray MP had taken up the is­sue on be­half of con­stituents, writ­ing to the coun­cil’s chief ex­ec­u­tive with con­cerns about the length of time the scaf­fold­ing had been in place be­fore work got un­der­way.

He also noted that its im­pact on ac­cess to the street-level shops, and called the scaf­fold­ing “an eye­sore on one of the most prom­i­nent spots in Air­drie’s high street”.

Shrouded in scaf­fold­ing Neil Gray MP had taken up the is­sue on be­half of con­stituents

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