£35m re­tail plan for Peel Park site Bulky goods es­tate would‘not at­tack town cen­tre’

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - An­drea Lam­brou

De­vel­op­ers in­sist a pro­posed £35 mil­lion re­tail es­tate at Peel Park could bring 260 jobs to East Kil­bride – and would not be an ‘at­tack’ on the town cen­tre.

Fol­low­ing last week’s an­nounce­ment that a £15m hous­ing de­vel­op­ment has been given the go-ahead, de­vel­op­ers London & Scot­tish In­vest­ments (LSI) have re­vealed fur­ther plans for a bulky goods re­tail park at the former Tesco/Dob­bies pro­posal site.

The 125,000 sq ft de­vel­op­ment would fea­ture seven large re­tail units, five small re­tail units, two drive-thru restau­rants and would sit on the re­main­ing land at Red­wood Cres­cent.

As re­ported in the News, 89 new pri­vate and af­ford­able fam­ily homes are to be built on the fiveacre derelict site over the next two years. Coun­cil’s plan­ning depart­ment.

Bulky goods re­tail­ing in­volves cat­e­gories such as fur­ni­ture, car­pets, DIY, kitchens, bath­rooms, fur­ni­ture, beds and home­ware.

Mr Wil­son in­sists that there is no suit­able ex­ist­ing space for bulky goods re­tail­ers within East Kil­bride town cen­tre.

LSI’s Peel Park pro­pos­als also in­clude two drive-thru restau­rants and five small re­tail units or ‘pods’, which typ­i­cally ap­peal to pizza de­liv­ery com­pa­nies and small lo­cal busi­nesses with two or three em­ploy­ees, serv­ing the im­me­di­ate lo­cal area.

Mr Wil­son added: “There are really sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits aris­ing from our pro­posed de­vel­op­ment for East Kil­bride and we very much hope that lo­cal coun­cil­lors will grant our bulky goods plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to let us get on site and start to de­liver th­ese 260 new jobs the town so badly needs.”

Vi­sion Property firm London & Scot­tish In­vest­ments are propos­ing to de­velop a bulky goods re­tail park on re­main­ing land at Peel Park

Draw­ing up plans An im­pres­sion of how the re­tail park de­vel­op­ment might look

New jobs Bryan Wil­son

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