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Retail Hub Planned
Plans to transform a derelict site at Peel Park into a thriving retail hub have taken a huge leap forward. London and Scottish Investments, who bought the vacant site off Redwood Crescent from Tesco in August, has submitted a ‘proposal of application notice’ to South Lanarkshire Council for a major new retail and residential development which could create hundreds of jobs. The proposal is expected to comprise of food and non-food retail units, a public house/restaurant as well as residential and nursing home uses. The retail element of the current proposal is expected to extend to approximately 115,000 square feet.
The detailed planning application for the proposed development will be lodged in March, following 12 weeks of statutory public consultation. Subject to planning approval, construction work on site could begin in autumn 2016 and be completed by early 2018.
As part of the public consultation exhibitions will be held at the Bruce Hotel, Cornwall Street, on January 21 and 22 between noon and 8pm.
The site, which has lain vacant for a number of years, was acquired by the Glasgow-based property company from Tesco after the supermarket giant scrapped plans to build a long-promised store in East Kilbride.
Tesco’s plan for a joint supermarket and Dobbies garden centre was among eight new developments in Scotland and 49 UK-wide shelved in January by the troubled retailer.
Tesco ditching plans was a bitter blow to the town, which has been at the centre of a protracted and acrimonious supermarket war for a number of years.
Area councillor David Watson is encouraging local residents to go along to the public exhibition to express their opinions on the proposal.
He said: “I welcome this proposal by London and Scottish Investments, which will bring badly needed jobs to the town. There has been a history of disappointment at this site after what Tesco had promised but hopefully this plan will come to fruition and bring opportunities for local employment this side of the town. I must emphasise, however, that extra work needs to be done to the environment at the site to make roads and pathways safe for public use.”
Bryan Wilson from London and Scottish Investments said: “The economic redevelopment of this empty site will be fantastic news for East Kilbride and South Lanarkshire as we expect hundreds of new jobs to be created as a result. We are now in advanced discussions with a number of food and non-food retailers to occupy this development and hope to be able to announce these in the near future.”