The future of one of Lochee High Street’s most prominent shop units could be decided this week — as a bid to open a takeaway is revived.
Plans were previously put forward to transform the vacant former Foot Factory store in the middle of the High Street into a German Doner Kebab franchise.
Akky Hayat and brother Alfy had hoped to bring the “healthy” kebab outlet to the unit by transforming it into a takeaway.
But the plans were rejected by Dundee City Council in December, as planners said that it would have a “detrimental impact” on residents and the surrounding area.
Council officers also said that the “environmental quality afforded to neighbouring residential premises” would be adversely affected and cited potential noise and cooking smells from the takeaway as major factors in the ruling.
However, now the plans are set to be discussed by councillors on the local review body on Tuesday — after the decision was appealed.
A statement of review from property firm Graham and Sibbald, which was marketing the unit for sale for about £100,000, said Mr Hayat was looking to change the use of the premises from retail to food and drink.
The statement said: “Dundee City Council provided a single reason for refusing this change of use application.
“The council considered that the proposal would adversely affect the level of environmental quality afforded to neighbouring residential premises by virtue of noise and odour.
“This statement of review and supporting documents demonstrate that alternative ventilation solutions are available. This application could be approved with a condition attached requiring that ventilation details are submitted and approved by Dundee City Council in advance of works commencing at the property.”
The statement pointed out that next door, a takeaway, the Chicken Club, had just opened — which was also in close proximity to homes.
About 10 full or part-time jobs would be created by the doner kebab outlet, it has been claimed.
The statement added: “German Doner Kebab is an internationally recognised brand. This will be the first of its kind in Scotland and will bring a new offer to Dundee.
“This unique food will attract people to Lochee. This will have an indirect benefit for neighbouring businesses and will encourage linked trips.”
The Tele revealed on Monday how Mr Hayat has also lodged plans to open a German Doner Kebab outlet in Reform Street.
Mr Hayat told the Tele that unit could be opened by the end of August if granted planning permission.
He claimed the chain offered a “healthy option” when it comes to choosing a kebab.