A NEW eating experience could be coming to Shawlands if city planners approve a planning application.

Plans have been submitted to turn a vacant retail unit into a restaurant on 76 Kilmarnock Road. The proposal includes takeaway, frontage alternations and erection of flue to rear.

A planning statement reveals the eatery would occupy the ground floor of a two-storey commercial property which is part of the larger Shawlands Shopping Centre. The premises has been vacant for some time and was previously occupied by a jeweller. 

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If the planning application is approved, the restaurant would operate 10am to 11pm Sunday to Thursday and 10am to midnight Friday and Saturday. 

A planning statement said: "The proposed development represents a wonderful opportunity to deliver a new eating experience in the centre of Shawlands, and contribute to the range and variety of services, activities and experiences which the centre can offer.

"In most town centres, there is social interactions and this would be supported by numerous bars, diners, bistros and restaurants fuelling both the daytime economy but also the evening economy.

"In this respect the proposed new restaurant will contribute to the range of foodstuffs on offer and in the process enliven the streetscape, create a dynamic and interesting venue and contribute greatly to the safety of the area by increasing pedestrian activity, particularly in the evenings and dark nights when the splay of light from the windows will illuminate the area adding to its ambience.

"We believe that is new venue will prove a positive addition to the range of services already available in the Shawlands area and contribute to the overall Shawlands experience."

A decision is to be made on the plans by July 22 and the last date for comments is July 4. 

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Last month, the Glasgow Times reported on the public consultation of the proposed £68 million redevelopment of the centre. 

Plans for the reimagined space were first shared by the Arcade’s owners Clydebuilt  LP, a joint venture between Strathclyde Pension Fund and Scottish property experts Ediston Real Estate in June of last year.

We also previously reported that developers hoped to completely transform the area with a new shopping and leisure quarter as well as housing units.