Bid to turn old pub into restaurant fails

The former Era Bar building has lain empty for years, but plans to give it a new look have been rejected.
The former Era Bar building has lain empty for years, but plans to give it a new look have been rejected.
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Plans to turn a former Craigneuk pub into a restaurant have been thrown out after concerns were raised about road safety.

The proposals for the Era Bar building in Carfin Road were unacceptable, North Lanarkshire Council’s planning committee ruled.

It’s been lying empty for some years after the pub shut. Glasgow developer Surinder Sudhu proposed to extend the two-storey building and also create an outside seating area.

However, council roads officials objected, saying the front extension would ‘totally obstruct the public footpath’ and there was no chance of providing the 27 parking spaces deemed necessary.

Councillors heard there were also five objections from neighbouring residents.

A report to the committee stated: “Residents say they already experience on-street parking and manoeuvring problems. The site is close to a busy bus route and there is a variety of commercial uses, with no available off-street parking.

“They consider the restaurant proposal would increase on-street parking, deliveries and congestion, having an impact on road safety. It would also result in increased disturbance from customers and delivery vehicles.”

Planners said access to a proposed parking area behind the building was not wide enough to let two vehicles pass each other.

The report added: “The covered seating area would totally obstruct the footpath.

“The development would, therefore, have an unacceptably adverse impact on pedestrian and road safety, and the building would be overbearing for neighbours.”