Claims that shops would be on wrong part of site
Plans for a new retail development which could bring Sainsbury’s and Greggs to the town “flies in the face” of a recent study, a councillor says.
A charrette, which had the input of more than 650 people in the town in 2015, identified the potential to use part of the former Kinloch Primary School site as a town square.
It said retail buildings should be put to the west of the site and the car park to the east.
A large square could then have been created by combining the car park with part of Links Avenue and the car park on the opposite side of Links Avenue.
Documents submitted with the application show the developer initially sought to put the retail premises to the south of the site.
However, in the supporting design statement, it says council officers advised “the preference would be to locate the building at the north east corner of the site”.
Brian Boyd is now demanding answers on why this advice was given, describing the buildings as in the worst possible position.
He said: “All three councillors have been regularly asking for updates on this and we have been kept in the dark.
“The siting of the buildings goes against the wishes of people in the town and I want to find out why the applicant was advised by council officers that this was the preferred place for these buildings.
“The council are coming across again as not listening to people.
“The town needs the supermarket desperately to stop people having to shop outwith the town but the buildings are in the wrong place. It shouldn’t be difficult to shift the plans round by 180 degrees.
“It would look ghastly coming down Links Avenue, where international golfers will be coming down and they are going to see the backs of retail units. It’s shocking.”
More than 60 people have now signalled their objections to the development.
The British Legion has also added its dissent to the plans through its chairman Bill Bowles, a former town councillor.
He said the plans meant the town square vision was no longer possible. The Legion had planned to use it for a service on Remembrance Day.
He said: “The current plans are car park, Links Avenue, shops, car park – it loses the opportunity to have a square. They need to turn the whole thing round.”
The council are coming across again as not listening to people
Above left: the developer claims Angus Council officers advised the preferred location was the north-east corner of the site, so these are the plans that have been submitted. Above: the developer’s preferred location for the retail units. Left: the town square plans for the site.