COUNCILLORS have overturned refusal of a plan to turn the former Fopp music store in Glasgow’s West End into a Thai restaurant.
Glasgow City Council planners last year refused the change-of-use application by Grovemoore Properties Ltd for the premises in Byres Road.
But the applicant appealed and the city’s Planning Local Review Committee has now unanimously given permission for the eatery.
Committee convener Bailie Glenn Elder said: “There is nothing more ugly than an empty shopfront especially in such a prestigious place. This is a good use of what would otherwise become an empty property.”
An illustration, above, that was included with the application showed signage for Ting Thai Caravan which has restaurants in Edinburgh.
Officials had refused the proposal because they said it would lead to unacceptable loss of a retail unit and that the detailed design of the shopfront alterations “would fail to preserve or enhance the character of Glasgow West Conservation Area”.
The planning consent now given is on condition that the applicant and the planning department find a way forward on the design issues.
A statement which was submitted to the planning department had explained: “The proposed restaurateur is an international renowned Thai outlet who will bring a new dining experience to the area.
“The development will enliven and enrich this part of Byres Road. It will offer a zone of activity and vitality where good wine and food will be on offer and where indoor/outdoor experience can be enjoyed by all.”