Third lucky time for Ayr High Street public site proposal
South Ayrshire Council approved plans for a community building at the bottom of Ayr High Street, although its design was contrary to the local development plan.
Councilors approved their latest plan for the historic waterfront area at the South Ayrshire Council Regulatory Panel.
The old Savers building bordering the old Woolworths site is to be demolished.
The council’s proposal is the third set of plans to be produced for the major public site since 2016.
However, concerns have been expressed that the flat-roofed structure will not look out of place alongside the grand architecture of Ayr.
Council planners admitted that the design of the community pavilion was contrary to the local development plan, but still recommended its approval.
A council report prepared for councilors said: “Overall, brownfield redevelopment is seen as a primary community interest that will significantly contribute to the regeneration of downtown Ayr.
“Accordingly, the application is recommended for approval, subject to conditions.”
The proposal was approved by five votes to four.
Chairman of the Regulatory Committee, Advisor Brian Connollysaid, “No one was 100% satisfied with the design of the community building.
“It’s not perfect, but overall the regeneration of the city center and the development of the site influenced the decision.
He added: “The general feeling of those who voted for the proposal is that we need to do something with this part of Ayr.
“It was a balanced judgment. It wasn’t clear one way or the other.