A developer is bidding to overturn a decision to refuse permission to turn an old bank into a new food venue.

Sava Estates wants to convert the old TSB branch in Duke Street in Dennistoun, which has been empty for almost a year, into a restaurant with takeaway facility.

It was refused on the grounds there were already enough food outlets in the immediate area and the noise and fumes would affect residents.

The developer has previously had a successful application to take over an old TSB site in Govan and has converted, or sought permission to convert, bank buildings into restaurants in a number of towns in Scotland, including Prestwick, Peebles and Turiff.

It said the plan for Duke Street would enhance the area by removing a long-term vacant unit and help maintain its status as a place to visit.

The grounds for refusal were stated as “The proposal would result in more than 20 percent of the units in a street block being in use for food, drink and entertainment uses.  “The proposal would therefore result in an increase in noise, activity and cooking fumes and would unacceptably impact on the residential amenity of neighbouring properties.”

The firm applying for permission said it would be primarily a restaurant and would benefit Duke Street.

 A summary of the appeal grounds by Sava Estates, stated: “The proposal will reduce vacancy levels and will ensure a permanent use for this prominent corner unit.  “The proposal will support local investment and maintain Duke Street Local Centre as a desirable place to visit.  “The site has been vacant since February 2021.”