Controversial plans for the new Magnum were released last week.
If plans are approved the £17million leisure centre is set to be built in January 2014.
The initial proposals have came under severe scrutiny, with the final plans for the centre being released on Tuesday, February 12.
The final plans include details of proposals to integrate the Townhouse with the centre, acting as an art/community centre.
However, the new set of plans have been met with criticism.
Crawford Fulton – a former planning officer for Glasgow Council – has labelled the plans as “deeply flawed”. The massive 33-document-plan for the leisure centre has been subject to scrutiny from Save the Magnum campaigners, claiming that initial problems haven’t been solved.
Crawford Fulton said: “In summary, the application would appear to reiterate the deeply flawed analysis of the area surrounding the site and the slight redesign of the Magnum 2 building will actually be worse in its impact on the Irvine Central Conservation Area than its predecessor – the frontage of the building to the High Street has been reduced in size, which means that it will relate to the rest of the street even less successfully than was the case with the earlier design.”
Residents’ concerns about suitable parking, which is set to be reduced by around 85 per cent – compared to the existing Magnum – have been at the fore of the objections.
The architecture firm behind the plans – LA Architects – were unavailable for comment as we went to press this week.