Feb 22 2013 by Craig Robertson, Kilmarnock Standard
A popular Kilmarnock car park is at the centre of a plan to build housing.
Dozens of spaces would be lost from the town if the council’s plan for its site at Portland Street goes ahead.
The parking area, next to the viaduct, would be removed completely and replaced by 22 homes.
It is outlined in a planning application set to be discussed by councillors on Friday.
The proposals have attracted only objections based around the loss of parking.
The owners of Portland Funeral Services. which sits adjacent to the site. are against the plans “on grounds of the loss of the public car park as many mourners use the car park when attending funeral services”.
Councillors will be told in a report: “The objection notes that there seems to be no alternative provision of the loss of public parking spaces.
“The proposal has been assessed by the roads and transportation service who do not offer any objections.
“There are a range of other car parks in close proximinty to the objector’s business, such as those on the southern side of the viaduct ... as well as the multi-storey car park just over 100m to the south.”
The proposals are being recommended by planning bosses for approval.
According to the plans, there would be 10 one-bed homes, another 10 two- bed flats and two, three bed, wheelchair-friendly houses.
Residents’ parking is included.
The layout would be three separate blocks with the creation of the street between the two largest blocks of flats – almost in the same location as the current road which separates the two different car parks on site.
The council says this new street is to “allow for views to the Old High Church”.
No other objections were attracted to the proposals and Historic Scotland said it would improve the setting of the old kirk.
Network Rail – which owns the nearby viaduct – did not respond to a request to provide a response to the plans.
The planning application comes after the local authority started a £30,000 plan to improve the current junction of Portland Street and Union Street which is deemed by many to be dangerous.
Councillors will be told that this work stopped any objection from the roads department.