Prestwick restaurant plan in doubt as Card Factory make a move on Main Street site

Confusion reigns over what the future holds for the former Love 2 Tan salon on 52 Prestwick Main Street
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Members of the public have been left scratching their heads at a fresh planning application which seeks permission to erect Card Factory signage on Prestwick’s Main Street.

The application seeks permission from South Ayrshire Council to erect signage outside a former tanning salon at number 52 Main Street, Prestwick.

Artwork attached to the application clearly shows signage from the greeting card retail giant. The application is listed as ‘pending consideration’ on South Ayrshire Council’s online planning portal and a decision is expected in August.

However, Ayrshire Live can reveal that plans were PREVIOUSLY APPROVED to turn the former tanning salon into a restaurant. In January, Ayrshire Live told how a new restaurant offering would be coming to 52 Prestwick Main Street after being given the green light by the council in December.

Sava Estates previously submitted plans for the business venture at the vacant unit.

They sought permission for a change of use from a shop to a restaurant and planned to introduce a flue at the rear of the property to extract any odours.

Agents in the proposals, Bennett Developments and Consulting, said that the restaurant would be designed to incorporate “all the latest equipment and systems” to ensure that it will have “no impact” on residents living nearby.

Now major question marks hang over the restaurant plan. Ayrshire Live can further reveal that the unit is currently for sale via Future Property Auctions.

The sale of the property has been extended until Thursday, July 4 with a deadline set at 3pm.

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One reader contacted Ayrshire Live about the previously-approved restaurant plan and said: “My understanding was that the old tanning salon was to become a restaurant. Now it seems that the Card Factory are going to take it on. Why else would they seek planning permission for signage at the old salon? It doesn’t make sense.

“Prestwick is pretty saturated with restaurants as it is, but it’s a pretty poor replacement, going from a brand new restaurant, now to a card shop.

"Now I hear it's going under the hammer at auction this week, so either the restaurant plan is a non-starter, or it's going to be a Card Factory, or it could be something entirely different, depending on who buys it!"

South Ayrshire Council has been contacted for comment.

A spokesperson said: "A planning application (23/00809APP) was approved for the change of use and alterations of the existing retail unit to form a Class 3 restaurant with the erection of a flue on 22nd December 2023.

"The Planning Service have not been informed as to whether the applicant/agent are still involved with this property. As to this date, no information has been provided to discharge any of the conditions attached to this consent.

"Regardless, planning permission runs with the land rather than the applicant and therefore planning permission (23/00809/APP) remains extant for three years from the date the decision was issued.

"There is a live advertisement consent application (24/00471/ADV) under consideration for the erection of signage related to a retail use at the property."

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