A proposed Clark’s bakery outlet which was rejected by city planners before attracting support from hundreds of city pie-lovers is back on the table.
Owners of the renowned local takeaway business had submitted an application to open a new portable unit near the Myrekirk roundabout at Kingsway West.
However, council officers refused planning permission for the outlet, which would have seen two converted shipping containers placed on a site near a new Starbucks.
Hundreds then flocked to sign a petition in support of the business, which was told by city planners the design would be “detrimental” to the area’s character.
New plans have now been submitted which would see the space occupied by a single-storey building consisting of a glass front and timber-shaded cladding.
The company will invest approximately £350,000 in the new bakery, covering the cost of the building, ground work and changes to the car park.
The Fulton Road spot will also feature a green wall and two electrical charging points in the car park.
Jonathon Clark, the third-generation owner of the family business, said the new outlet would create 20 jobs.
He said: “We’ve tried to make it similar to what’s already in the area and we’ve received a lot of support from local businesses around West Gourdie Industrial Estate.
“The feedback we’ve received is that workers nearby would like to have more options to go for lunch.
“They want a local company. What we think — and this is something we’ve said before — is that we need to help local companies out.
“We don’t want Dundee looking like every other city with just big chain companies everywhere.”
The petition, eventually signed by over 700 people, was started by customer Lylia Ferguson.
She started the campaign to have the new bakery approved in the belief that lots of locals want to support a popular local business.
Mr Clark, who had previously said he was “gobsmacked” by the petition, added: “The council have said previously that it’s earmarked for industrial use but there is no space for that.
“It’s being used as a car park just now.
“We are going to keep pushing for this.”
The West Gourdie Industrial Estate also contains a 24-hour Asda superstore, as well as a number of other businesses such as car dealerships.