Apr 13 2012 by Stuart Wilson, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
A SEAFRONT hotel is back on the planning agenda for Prestwick.
Developers who dropped their bid for a five storey facility earlier this year have now returned with a smaller version.
And plans for a three storey, 21 bedroom hotel, have now been submitted to council chiefs.
Architects Wilson and Gunn were forced to hit the drawing board again after a public backlash to their original plans.
More than 50 objections poured in when applicant Pan Property Holdings suggested the five storey build.
But they have remained committed to the site, which used to house a health and fitness centre at the foot of Grangemuir Road.
Now they’ve put a smaller proposal on the table for council bosses to consider.
And Prestwick councillor Hugh Hunter insists the hotel would be a welcome addition to the town.
He said: “I haven’t yet studied the revised plans in detail, but I’m pleased that the architects have taken the thoughts of residents on board.
“There’s no doubt that the area in question requires some regeneration and this would do it.
“Prestwick has so much to offer but if there’s one thing we’re lacking, it’s the number of good quality hotels.
“So for me, this can only be welcome news for the town.”