Plan­ning per­mis­sion

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The news that per­mis­sion has been granted for the de­mo­li­tion of the old McLaren Ho­tel and the cre­ation of a new ho­tel will re­ceive a mixed re­cep­tion this week. It is too big, it does not blend in, it is not suit­able – these are just some of the rea­sons given by those who have firmly op­posed the pro­posed devel­op­ment over the past few years. Sup­port­ers, who have been the silent mi­nor­ity so far, will wel­come the ad­di­tional pro­vi­sion of is­land ac­com­mo­da­tion and the re­gen­er­a­tion of the Brod­ick seafront and some will even wel­come the com­pe­ti­tion for cur­rent ac­com­mo­da­tion providers. What­ever your view, the one thing that we can all agree on is de­light that this eye­sore which has been al­lowed to blem­ish the cen­tre of Brod­ick will soon be no more.

And the per­ti­nent ques­tion we need to be ask­ing our­selves is: have any les­sons been learned? Why was the site al­lowed to fall into such a state of dis­re­pair and ne­glect and have such a neg­a­tive vis­ual im­pact on the sur­round­ing area? The car­bun­cle in such a prom­i­nent po­si­tion was al­lowed to fester for an in­tol­er­a­ble amount of time and, hope­fully, any fu­ture pro­pos­als and plan­ning con­sid­er­a­tions, will take this into ac­count.

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