Claims that shops would be on wrong part of site

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS - rob mclaren

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.

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