Plans to transform a vacant bank building into a bistro bar in Penicuik town centre have been rejected on appeal.
The Local Review Body last week upheld an earlier decision by planning officers to refuse consent for the development at 28 High Street.
The councillors, who had made two site visits, agreed another eaterie in the area could impact on the vitality and viability of the town centre.
Professional planner Robin Holder, representing applicant Mr Javaid Ashraf, said that the “shabby” bank building, situated on the corner of the High Street and John Street precinct, had been vacant for at least seven years.
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