New store plans for town centre knocked back

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PLANS to build a massive new supermarket in Bishopbriggs - which sparked a lot of public opposition - have been turned down.

East Dunbartonshire Council’s planning board voted by 15 votes to seven to reject the proposals by supermarket giants Morrisons - despite the application being recommended for approval by council officials.

Morrisons want to build a new store on the former Bishopbriggs High School site.

Another application by the company to build a petrol station and long stay car park at the site was knocked back earlier this year.

A number of residents raised concerns about the development and more than 340 people put forward objections to the new supermarket plans.

Councillors visited the site yesterday (Tuesday) before making a decision at the planning board.

Councillor Billy Hendry, who is convener of the board and represents Bishopbriggs North and Torrance, moved that the application be refused.

Councillor Rhondda Geekie made an amendment to grant the plans.

Councillor Hendry said: “My duty is to look at it in planning terms. I felt the location would have a detrimental affect on the amenity of the area and there would be a reduction in economic activity.

“It was not until I actually went round the site that I appreciated the distance from the town centre.”

A spokesperson for Bishopbriggs Town Team, a group set up to give the local community a voice on town centre regeneration, said: “We are delighted. Councillors took on board the fact that it should be a Bishopbriggs shop and not just something for people coming for here, there and everywhere with their cars.”

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