Public could help shape Two74

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Will Hen­shaw

The public could help to shape the fu­ture of Ruther­glen’s £50mil­lionTwo74 devel­op­ment.

Ash­field Land, who are tak­ing the project for­ward, have lodged a pro­posal of ap­pli­ca­tion no­tice with South La­nark­shire Coun­cil.

As part of the ap­pli­ca­tion process, they held a public con­sul­ta­tion at Ruther­glen Li­brary last Thurs­day (May 14), to give res­i­dents a look at what they are propos­ing for the site, lo­cated at junc­tion two of the M74, near Duchess Place.

Cur­rently Ash­field have three pos­si­ble op­por­tu­ni­ties in mind for the site.

Direc­tor of Ash­field Land in Scot­land, Steven McGarva, told the Re­former:“At the mo­ment we are con­sult­ing on three po­ten­tial op­tions.

“They have a con­sis­tent theme of a ho­tel, re­tail and a fam­ily pub restau­rant and then dif­fer­ent op­tions next to them.”

The pro­pos­als are split in to three cat­e­gories of‘re­tails leisure’,‘trade counter’and‘car show room’. As things stand, all three sites have a ho­tel, food re­tail unit, drive-thru restau­rant and fam­ily pub restau­rant.

How­ever what will be sit­u­ated next to them is still open for dis­cus­sion, and Ash­field say they are flex­i­ble with re­gards to the devel­op­ment.

The re­tail leisure op­tion would have re­tail units rang­ing from 5,000 to 50,000 sq ft, the trade counter op­tion would have units from 3,000 sq ft. The car show­room op­tion would have three show­rooms ex­tend­ing to circa 10,000 sq ft with am­ple car park­ing.

At the con­sul­ta­tion, they gave at­ten­dees feed back forms so they could tell Ash­field which site they pre­ferred.

Mr McGarva said it’s one of the things they will take in to ac­count when mak­ing their fi­nal de­ci­sion:“Th­ese pro­pos­als aren’t set in stone and what we will go for de­pends on the re­ac­tion we get from the public as well as the dis­cus­sions we will have with po­ten­tial oc­cu­piers.”

Whichever op­tion is in­stalled, Mr McGarva ex­pects the devel­op­ment to cre­ate around 300 to 400 jobs.

Although he couldn’t men­tion any names, Mr McGarva con­firmed there had been “pos­i­tive talks”with sev­eral po­ten­tial oc­cu­piers. He did say that with re­gards to the re­tail unit, it would be your“stan­dard out of town re­tail park oc­cu­piers”. As an ex­am­ple he gave De­cathalon, who they had held dis­cus­sions with pre­vi­ously, but failed to come to fruition.

He added:“We’re hope­ful to get the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion in by July, with a view to start­ing con­struc­tion in 2016, with oc­cu­pa­tion in early 2017.”

If you didn’t man­age to make the public con­sul­ta­tion, visit the Re­former web­site for a de­tailed look at the pro­pos­als.

Plans Direc­tor of Ash­field Scot­land Steve McGarva and Claire Sem­ple, direc­tor of plan­ning con­sul­tancy firm Tur­ley

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