Anger as Kin­loch plans go against lo­cal wishes

Coun­cil­lor claims sit­ing of units ‘flies in the face’ of town char­rette

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - Rob mclaren

Sains­bury’s is look­ing to bring more choice and jobs to Carnoustie, the su­per­mar­ket said yes­ter­day.

The re­tail giant wants to join Greggs in a con­tro­ver­sial de­vel­op­ment of the for­mer Kin­loch Pri­mary School site in the town.

If plan­ning per­mis­sion is granted the project would bring at least 30 jobs.

How­ever, more than 60 peo­ple have now voiced their ob­jec­tions to the plans.

Carnoustie coun­cil­lor Brian Boyd yes­ter­day said the sit­ing of the re­tail units “flies in the face” of the re­cent town char­rette.

He is de­mand­ing a meet­ing with se­nior coun­cil of­fi­cials af­ter it emerged the ap­pli­cant was ad­vised to change the lo­ca­tion of the units at a pre-ap­pli­ca­tion meet­ing with An­gus Coun­cil.

He said: “The coun­cil are com­ing across again as not lis­ten­ing to peo­ple and I want to find out ur­gently why we are in this po­si­tion.”

Sains­bury’s has con­firmed it is the ma­jor food re­tailer look­ing to come to Carnoustie.

The su­per­mar­ket would join Greggs at the site of the for­mer Kin­loch Pri­mary School if plan­ning per­mis­sion is granted for the de­vel­op­ment on the brown­field site.

The food giant said the 6,000 sq ft store would cre­ate around 20 jobs “which would pre­dom­i­nantly go to lo­cal peo­ple”. Carnoustie only has one su­per­mar­ket, a Co-op.

The plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion, sub­mit­ted by Lin­lith­gow-based de­vel­oper Cum­brae Prop­erty Ltd, has pro­vi­sion for two re­tail units and 46 park­ing spa­ces on the site at the cor­ner of Dundee Street and Links Av­enue.

A Sains­bury’s spokesper­son yes­ter­day urged An­gus Coun­cil to ap­prove the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion so it could bring more choice for shop­pers and jobs to the town.

She said: “We are very much look­ing for­ward to open­ing a store in Carnoustie, bring­ing jobs for lo­cal peo­ple and ex­tra choice and con­ve­nience for peo­ple look­ing to do their shop­ping.

“We work closely with the lo­cal com­mu­nity and the store would sup­port a lo­cal char­ity as well as par­tic­i­pate in the Ac­tive Kids scheme.

“We are hope­ful An­gus Coun­cil will ap­prove the ap­pli­ca­tion and if so, look for­ward to wel­com­ing peo­ple to our new store.”

The spokes­woman said there was no timetable for the store to open as this would be de­pen­dent on the plan­ning process.

She added: “I un­der­stand that some peo­ple are con­cerned about the im­pact on the High Street. How­ever, in our ex­pe­ri­ence, the ex­tra foot­fall our store would bring to the area would ben­e­fit other lo­cal traders as well.”

Greggs said it hopes to have its 1,500 sq ft store open in time for the Open golf cham­pi­onship at Carnoustie next sum­mer.

The site has not been specif­i­cally iden­ti­fied for re­tail de­vel­op­ment in the adopted lo­cal plan but Greggs said it was hope­ful the lo­cal author­ity would be re­cep­tive to the idea.

A spokesman for the com­pany said the bak­ery had pre­vi­ously looked at other units in Carnoustie but had been un­able to se­cure a prop­erty that meets mod­ern re­tailer re­quire­ments.

He added: “The only op­tion for Greggs is, there­fore, a new-build unit.

“The clos­est avail­able site to the ex­ist­ing town cen­tre and the only avail­able op­por­tu­nity for Greggs at this time and likely for the fore­see­able fu­ture, is the for­mer Kin­loch Pri­mary School site.”

It is es­ti­mated around 10 jobs would be cre­ated if per­mis­sion is granted.

An An­gus Coun­cil spokesper­son said: “Ap­pli­cants can choose to ask for plan­ning ad­vice prior to sub­mit­ting their plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion. It is for the ap­pli­cant to put the ap­pli­ca­tion to­gether tak­ing ac­count of feed­back.”

Weare very much look­ing for­ward to open­ing a store in Carnoustie, bring­ing jobs for lo­cal peo­ple

Pic­ture: Paul Reid.

Where the planned Sains­bury’s/greggs de­vel­op­ment would be, on the for­mer Kin­loch Pri­mary School at the cor­ner of Links Av­enue and Dundee Street.

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