NORTH Ayrshire Council have approved plans to build nine commercial units in Irvine.

It comes despite an objection to the proposal for derilect land in Kirk Vennel - and with a number of conditions attached.

The site was previously subject to a proposal to build three houses on the land, though applicant Stephen McQuiston (acting on behalf of Kerr Duff), decided to go down a different route.

Their application states: "My client didn't know if houses here would be the way forward and decided to go for commercial units.

"We had discussed this back and forward with NAC and were told that if we could put forward a satisfactory type of commercial properties here it would be supported by the council."

The units would be made available for use by businesses, however, whis will be limited to purely storage and distribution businesses and 'light industrial' businesses.

Each unit will be just over 5m wide and 11m long - and just over 3m in height.

In documents supporting the proposal, it was stated: "The units will not be used by businesses that will generate noise in their processes. 

"Businesses like hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons will not be considered for these new units."

They added that shops for retail, such as curtain/blind shops and carpet shops, would be considered.

The supporting document continued: "There is the possibility of the units being a mixture of the above and storage use. 

"The storage would be something like storage of materials for builders, or any product that a retail unit would need to store. 

"It would be made very clear that where the unit was to be used as a storage unit for materials that a builder would use, they cannot work from this unit."

The units would also be limited to operating between 9am and 5pm.

As well as containing nine units on the main plot of land on Kirk Vennel, the development also includes provision for 12 parking spaces in the part of the plot which extends behind existing properties on the street.

Irvine Times: The proposed layout of the approved development.The proposed layout of the approved development. (Image: NAC planning)

The proximity to some of these existing properties drew one objection to the proposal - though this did not affect its approval.

The objection stated: "This development will restrict the privacy rights of my home and increase noise levels and traffic within an already crowded area.

"The area is quiet and with the local primary school becomes very busy in the morning hours.

"These commercial units will create more disruption and traffic restrictions in Kirk Vennel."

In an attempt to alleviate some of the concerns surrounding the plans - North Ayrshire Council have included a number of conditions attached to its approval.

These include enviromental and archeological concerns being addressed.

They further add that a dropped kerb footway crossing will need to be added for "at least the first 10 metres of access".