Plans to build a new Co-op supermarket in Maybole have sparked an objection from a head teacher. 

A planning application has been lodged to erect a shop and diner at the Drummuran Garage site on Kirkoswald Road in the town. The existing building on the plot would be demolished. 

It is proposed that the Co-op would move from its existing premises in Main Street.

The relocation would more than double its overall size.

A planning document lodged with South Ayrshire Council said aisles in the current store are too narrow and there isn’t enough space – causing congestion. 

But Carrick Academy headteacher Shona Stevens has raised potential problems with traffic near the school.

An objection from the school boss said: “I would like my concern to be noted to the application for a shop and cafe to be built at 51 Kirkoswald Road, Maybole. 

“Carrick Academy is in the process of having a new build and the only walking entrance to the new all through campus will be opposite the proposed shop/cafe. 

“This new development will result in an increase in traffic in this area, which could potentially result in an increase in road traffic accidents.”

Crucible Developments (Scotland) has applied for permission to construct the new store, which would be occupied by Co-op. A proposed diner at the site would be operated by another business. 

A statement lodged with the council by North Planning & Development said: “Crucible Developments wish to invest in Maybole through the development of a new Class 1 shop for occupation by the Co-op and which better meets the expectations and demands of Co-op customers.”

It said the development would “help to retain retail expenditure in Maybole” and “serve to help protect and potentially increase local employment within the new Co-op store.”

South Ayrshire Council is considering the application.