Plans for a new drive-through dessert parlor have been rejected by Renfrewshire Council.

Over 40 letters of objection have been submitted in response to a request to build the store, and associated car park, on a patch of grassland at the junction of Glenburn Road and Caplethill Road, Paisley.

Concerns have been raised in the community about the potential for increased traffic, noise and disruption, as well as an “over-concentration” of businesses in a residential area.

Council officers recommended that members of the Planning and Climate Change Board reject the proposals on the grounds that they would result in the loss of open space and have a “detrimental impact” on the “character” of the area.

They also said the development lacked adequate provisions for “accessibility to sustainable modes of travel” and questioned whether it was “compatible with the safe and efficient operation of the local road network”.

Councilors agreed and the request, submitted by Zubair Malik, was later rejected.

“The rejection of this development application will be well received by the local community,” said Bruce MacFarlane, vice-chairman of the council.

“Not only were there legitimate planning reasons for rejecting this application, but it was also clear that this development was not wanted by the local community.

“I firmly believe this decision was the right one and would like to thank those who took the time to submit their objections.”

Councilor Marie McGurk said she was “absolutely delighted” the plans were turned down.

She added: “When this request was brought to my attention, it was immediately clear that this location would not be suitable for a drive-thru of this nature, due to several scheduling issues.

“I am pleased that this view was shared by other board members and that this request was rightly denied.

“Having previously been an organizer of this council, I had the experience to ensure that legitimate planning reasons were used in order to have fundamental reasons to reject this.

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