The plans are for a new visitor centre, restaurant and gallery at Greenock Ocean Terminal.
The overall project, led by Inverclyde Council, is part of the Glasgow City Region City Deal and aims to provide a new berthing facility and visitor centre to boost cruise ship passengers arriving in Scotland through the Greenock facility operated by Peel Ports.
In addition to the visitor centre welcoming cruise ship passengers, the plans also include a purpose built gallery celebrating the work of Inverclyde resident and artist George Wyllie (1921-2012) and a new restaurant with panoramic views across the Clyde.
Inverclyde Council Leader Councillor Stephen McCabe said: “Planning application approval is an important milestone in the delivery of this project as part of the Glasgow City Region City Deal. The aim of the project is to boost the capacity at Greenock Ocean Terminal for cruise ships. The addition of a restaurant and Wyllie Gallery will help to provide a year round attraction for visitors to Greenock and Inverclyde at this iconic building on the banks of Clyde.”
The Greenock Ocean Terminal project to create a visitor centre and berthing facility is expected to cost £14.7m as part of the £1bn Glasgow City Region City Deal, which is funded equally by the Scottish and UK governments.
The proposal for a new visitor centre landmark building for Greenock is being developed by Richard Murphy Architects.
The visitor centre is scheduled for completion in 2020.