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The proposed extension will be between The Whifflet Arms Public House and a pend with an existing Dental Practice above. An existing small extension to the side of The Whifflet Arms is to be demolished. The site’s rear boundary is to a football pitch with iron mesh fencing over 3 metres in height. No additional parking facilities are proposed. The rear of the development site is waste ground and suffers from anti social behaviour and is visually unattractive at present. The hedges and grass are overgrown and there is a lot of litter and broken glass.

The application boundary includes The Whifflet Arms where there is an associated planning application (C/05/01353/FUL) which will also be presented to this committee for a rear extension and formation of a beer garden. Both applications are within land owned by the Whifflet Arms and will be built concurrently however, the planning applications are being assessed separately at the request of the owner as the proposed Licensed Bookmakers is to be leased or sold. As part of the application C/05/01353/FUL the area directly to the rear of the proposed bookmakers is to be landscaped and a 2 metre wall with security cameras will be built to replace the existing fence on the rear boundary.

The proposal is located within an area covered by policy COM 5 (Local Shops) where the Council generally support shopping and other related uses including class 1 and 2 subject to other policies in the local plan. It is considered that the proposal being a Class 2 use complies with policy, and will not be detrimental to the amenity of the surrounding area. There are no strategic implications or other material considerations, which would indicate that the proposal is unacceptable. It is thought that the proposal will be an improvement to the existing unused, poorly maintained backcourt area.

The Transportation Section is satisfied that the proposal will not introduce any potential road safety issues into the area and the Pollution Control Section has offered no objection to the proposal. No objections were received following the newspaper advertisement on the 17th August 2005.

Subject to conditions I consider the proposal acceptable and recommend that planning permission be

granted.

Recommendation:

Grant Subject to the Following Conditions:-

1.

That the development hereby permitted shall be started within five years of the date of this permission

Reason:To accord with the provisions of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997.

2.

That before the development hereby permitted starts, full details of the facing materials to be used on all external walls and roofs shall be submitted to, and approved in writing by the Planning Authority.

Reason:To safeguard the residential amenity of the area.

Background Papers:

Application form and plans received 3rd August 2005

Memo from Protective Services Section received 1Oth August 2005 Adopted Monklands District Local Plan 1991

Any person wishing to inspect these documents should contact Miss Charmaine Mills at 01236 812375.

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