Councillors to visit site of planned hotel and healthcare centre

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AMBITIOUS plans to transform a former oil depot have been put on hold until a site visit takes place.

Westerhill Developments want to build a hotel, offices, healthcare facilities and a depot on the land in Westerhill Road, Bishopbriggs.

The application went before East Dunbartonshire Council’s planning board last week and council officials recommended that it be granted, subject to legal agreement and conditions.

A site visit was requested, which will take place before the next board meeting.

If it’s given the go-ahead, it is recommended that a planning agreement is entered into which could see a park and ride facility created as well as cycle lanes along Westerhill Road.

It’s understood a six-screen cinema and restaurants are also included in the proposals and were due to be submitted under a separate planning application.

However, concern has been raised about the extra traffic the development would bring.

Bishopbriggs Community Council said it would oppose the plans unless it is accompanied by an assurance that the Bishopbriggs Relief Road would be completed in full.

Meanwhile Insurance company Aviva, which is based in Westerhill Road, said it “supports the principle of the development, however object to the application on the grounds of highway safety and highway impact”.

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