Plans ap­proved for retail unit at Down­iebrae Road

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Plan­ning per­mis­sion has been granted for a ma­jor de­vel­op­ment near Farme Cross.

Coun­cil­lors on a plan­ning com­mit­tee yes­ter­day, Tues­day, gave their back­ing to the pro­ject that will see a 2,323 square me­tre retail unit built on Down­iebrae Road.

The de­vel­op­ment will also in­clude a leisure unit of the same size, two hot food take­away units of 372 square me­tres each and a 560 square me­tre restau­rant.

Plan­ning per­mis­sion in prin­ci­ple was given for the site, which is cur­rently oc­cu­pied by San­mex, who man­u­fac­ture aerosols.

It is be­lieved they are seek­ing new premises else­where in the area as their cur­rent base is too big for their needs.

It was ini­tially sug­gested the de­vel­op­ment would in­clude a four-storey ho­tel and 96 homes but th­ese have been dropped from the ap­pli­ca­tion due to con­cerns about flood­ing raised by SEPA.

The plan is be­ing taken for­ward by a group called Al­berg LLP, whose ad­dress is listed as the same as San­mex.

Steven Gro­den, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of San­mex, is a di­rec­tor at Al­berg, but when the Re­former con­tacted him he said no-one was there to dis­cuss the pro­posal.

We also con­tacted the ap­pli­cant’s agent, GVA James Barr, but no-one was avail­able for com­ment be­fore we went to press.

An ex­hi­bi­tion event ad­ver­tis­ing the ini­tial plan was held at Ruther­glen Town Hall in 2014.

In a re­port, coun­cil­lors were ad­vised: “The pro­posed retail de­vel­op­ment will have a neg­li­gi­ble im­pact on the per­for­mance of the town cen­tre and neigh­bour­ing cen­tres in terms of con­ve­nience floorspace and can be sup­ported by the area’s catch­ment pop­u­la­tion.

“In ad­di­tion, it is con­sid­ered that the over­all de­vel­op­ment will con­trib­ute to the lo­cal econ­omy and as­sist in re­gen­er­at­ing a prom­i­nent site within the Clyde Gate­way com­ple­ment­ing the re­gen­er­a­tion strate­gies for the area.”

The pro­posal is one of sev­eral for the Farme Cross area.

Plans are al­ready in place for the am­bi­tious, £15mil­lion Two74 pro­ject that could cre­ate around 500 jobs while KFC are work­ing on a new store be­side the McDon­ald’s on Dal­marnock Road.

A new wood­land park on Cuningar Loop will also open fully to the pub­lic this year while new of­fice space has been cre­ated by Clyde Gate­way at Ruther­glen Links.

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