Plans for a pakora factory in Ayr have been given the green light.

A planning application was lodged with South Ayrshire Council for a factory on the Heathfield Industrial Estate earlier this year.

Punjab Pakora are currently making their popular selection of pakoras from Crown Street in Newton-on-Ayr. 

Their goods are distributed to major retailers including Aldi, Sainsburys and Iceland. 

The business, led by Vinita Duggal, husband Kushal and their three children, currently employs 42 people. 

However, a move to a permanent facility would see the workforce double as the business approaches its 10th year operating in Ayr. 

The proposed building has been designed to integrate with the surrounding forms and comprises a simple rectangle with a pitched roof.

The main production area bounds the railway to the rear with the reception being directly off the car park to the front.

The staff facilities are in the front block with the warehouse, pallet wrap and boxing to the rear.

A supporting statement by Glasgow-based LMA Architects, lodged alongside the formal application, stated: "The development will create a number of permanent local employment both during the construction phase and operation of the production plant and we hope that our client’s aspirations for the future will be shared by South Ayrshire Council."

The application was approved by South Ayrshire Council planners with a number of conditions, including that works must start within three years.