PLANS to demolish a former station master’s house and build four shops could be approved, despite opposition from the local community.

Officials at East Renfrewshire Council have recommended the proposal for the site in Busby Road, Clarkston, is given the go-ahead.

More than 20 people have objected to the development, raising concerns over the loss of a “building of character,” as well as the viability of retail outlets.

But a planning report reveals the building is not listed, so the council has “limited control over its demolition.”

There have been 10 letters of support for the application, which has been submitted by Sabah Hassan.

Councillors will meet today to make a decision.

Supporters say the proposal would improve a derelict site and increase job opportunities in Clarkston.

Objectors believe it would have an adverse economic impact on the town centre.

They also feel the plans are at odds with the work of the area’s Business Improvement District (BID) organisation, through which traders invest collectively in improvements that can boost economic growth.

I Love Clarkston – a collective of over 130 businesses – aims to promote the area as a place to visit, shop and socialise.

One objector said: “I have no wish to halt much-needed development of this building, however the local council and BID has gone to the trouble of setting out a strategy and guidelines are in place to preserve irreplaceable heritage in the area.
“This application pays no respect to that.”

An economic assessment submitted with the application states that 10 to 20 new jobs could be created.

One supporter said: “The shops will increase vitality and viability to Busby Road, therefore making a positive contribution and bringing benefits to the local area.”

The sandstone cottage is currently “rather dilapidated,” the council report states.

It adds: “It is in keeping with the character and design of the single storey retail unit to the south-east and to the general character and design of the larger, established shopping parade with its rooftop car park to the north-west.”

The proposal is said to comply with the East Renfrewshire Local Development Plan and “therefore should be approved unless material considerations indicate otherwise.”