AN IRVINE takeaway's plans to further expand have been refused - and branded an "over-development" by North Ayrshire Council.

The owners of the Chuck Wagon on Lamont Place were hoping they would be able to expand further than previous plans have allowed.

Applicant Andrew McKeen had plans accepted by the council in 2022 for a general expansion of his premises.

However, his latest proposals took this further - looking to erect a two-metre boundary fence and create a gated parking area, for six vehicles, accessed via the adjacent Lamont Drive, as well as adding two covered area around the outside of the premises next to B&M.

Mr McKeen was also looking to have a metal storage shed built outside, in addition to a bin storage area.

The boundary fence would have surrounded the whole business area - from its front at B&M right back to the Lamont Drive boundary.

Irvine Times: An aerial view of the proposed development.An aerial view of the proposed development. (Image: NAC planning)

However, despite the approval of previous applications, The Chuck Wagon did not see the same success this time.

The plans were subject to one objection, with fears raised regarding the affect on the nieghbouring Lamont Drive.

The objector said: "There is no shortage of car parking in the area so the proposed six parking spaces seem unnecessary.

"The proposed 2m high fence enclosing the business will be an eyesore for residents.

"If it goes ahead, the view will be of a 2m high fence with vehicle access gate onto a car park, metal and wooden storage containers and either the wall of the customer seating area or the open side of it.

"There will certainly be far more intrusion of noise and movement closer to my home than the business currently causes and this will happen every day of the week."

In a report on the application, NAC's planning department said the proposed development would be contrary to the aims of a number of policies in their Local Development Plan (LDP).

The officer dealing with the case wrote: "The siting, design, and external appearance of the development would be out of character with that of the wider commercial centre due to the lack of coherent design and over-development of the site, all to the detriment of the character and amenity of the area."

Plans were officially refused on Wednesday June 7, after they were submitted back in April.

The applicant has three months to appeal the council's ruling.