COMMUNITY councillors in Helensburgh have given their backing to plans to build new homes on a gap site near the town centre.


Lafferty Properties has lodged an application with Argyll and Bute Council to build two new homes on a site on the corner of West King Street and John Street.

The application is awaiting a decision from local authority planning officials - but members of Helensburgh Community Council (HCC) say the proposals have their support.

Members of the community council spoke positively of the plans at their latest monthly meeting, and said that the houses would “fit in” with the surrounding buildings while they also noted the “interesting layout.”

As proposed, each of the new houses will have "a minimum of four bedrooms" and an integral garage, with additional parking space outside.

Stone cladding panels will create the home’s facade while the roofs will be constructed of clay made in the style of grey slates.

In a design and access statement submitted along with the formal planning application, Colin Anderson of GD Lodge Architects states: “The application site lies at the junction of West King Street and John Street in Helensburgh, adjacent to but outside the Town Centre and Upper Helensburgh conservation areas.

“The site is gently sloping from West King Street to the south up to its northern boundary with the adjacent residential property on John Street, which is also owned by the applicant.

“Currently vacant land, it was formerly occupied by residential accommodation, now demolished.

“The floor plans are designed with the living and principal bedroom accommodation facing onto the rear garden areas, affording a greater degree of privacy and protection from busy West King Street and traffic generated by the adjacent workshop premises.”

According to the planning portal on Argyll and Bute Council's website, a decision on the plans is expected by Monday, September 18.

The full list of documents relating to the application, including the design and access statement, is available to view online at