Lochgilphead pool expansion gets go ahead

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A plan to increase the size of Lochgilphead’s swimming pool has been given the green light after planning permission was granted by council chiefs.

A new front entrance pavilion, a community café, and new staff facilities and changing areas are all on the agenda for the Mid Argyll Community Pool.

The site includes an adjoining building, which is part of three buildings surrounding an open courtyard adjacent to the leisure facility.

A report of the application’s handling by the council said: ‘The existing steel-framed entrance canopy, while functional and ‘of its time’ in terms of design, now appears somewhat dated.

‘The proposed new glazed entrance pavilion will result in a substantial visual improvement both to the appearance of the building from the main road and also to the ‘legibility’ of the pool, providing an obvious and welcoming entrance feature.

‘Likewise, the proposed extension to the courtyard building adjoining the pool will result in an elegant pavilion-style extension to the existing nondescript building.

‘The proposed rear extension will be no closer to houses on the other side of the burn than the closest points of the existing pool buildings. As such there will be no loss of natural daylight or visual intrusion to the nearby houses.

‘However, the proximity of the site to the rear gardens does warrant restriction of construction hours in order to protect residential amenities during the building period.’