Public could help shape Two74
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