Accommodation pods approved for CalMac staff

The accommodation cabins to be used by CalMac staff.

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Planning permission has been granted to site three portable cabins, to provide seasonal accommodation for six CalMac staff members, near the ferry terminal in Brodick.

The modular buildings, described as being industrial ‘site office’ like in appearance, have already been sited within the existing fenced compound in Market Road which is normally used for storage and parking of industrial plant and vehicles by the adjacent Thomson Construction business.

In granting permission to CalMac Ferries Ltd, North Ayrshire Council planners say the pods will only be allowed on site from March 30 to November 1 and must be removed permanently by November 2025. They can only be used for the overnight occupation by CalMac staff involved in the operation of the ferry service.

The supporting information submitted with the application indicates that the summer timetable for the Ardrossan-Brodick ferry operates from the end of March until the end of October and that during this period CalMac require to provide overnight staff accommodation close to the ferry terminal.

The cabins would be removed from the site when not in use and reinstated each year. The temporary consent is for five years when it will be reviewed and, if accommodation is still required, options for a more permanent solution would be considered.

The three twin-bed units will be by supplied by manufacturer Bunkabin and will have en-suite and shower facilities.