Why not use community blueprint for Bishopbriggs town centre?

Morrisons Bishopbriggs artist impressions
Morrisons Bishopbriggs artist impressions

SUPERMARKET bosses could use a community-led masterplan drawn up for Bishopbriggs town centre . . . that’s the suggestion this week after Morrisons lost its bid for a major new store in the town.

Donald Macdonald, chairman of Woodhill Residents’ Group, was a member of Bishopbriggs Town Team which brought forward a masterplan last year to transform the town centre.

Following consultation with locals, the proposals were put together by architects Page and Park.

It included Morrisons extending its current store rather than moving to new premises on the former Bishopbriggs High School site.

The supermarket recently had its plans turned down by East Dunbartonshire Council’s planning board.

The reasons for it being refused included poor linkage between the proposed development and the existing town centre buildings and businesses

Now that Morrisons own its current store in the Triangle Shopping Centre, residents believe there is an opportunity to develop that site.

Donald Macdonald said: “The main reason Morrisons gave for not adopting the concept of the community-led masterplan was that they did not own their current store.

“The difference now as opposed to then is that Morrisons now own the store. All the reasons given at the planning board could be addressed by the Page and Park plan.

“That masterplan was well received by the community. Morrisons did adopt some parts of it by bringing the store closer and looking at other access into it.

“Is it not better to adopt something that there’s a great deal of support for?”

Dominic Notarangelo, chairman of Bishopbriggs Community Council, also supports the idea of Morrisons going back to look at the community-led plan.

Morrisons did not want to comment, but following the recent planning board decision a spokesperson told the Herald: “We are obviously very disappointed with the decision, especially in the light of the extensive discussions with the council, partners and stakeholders to amend and improve the application given the concerns expressed throughout what has been a very lengthy and intensive consultation process. “We will have to await receipt of the committee papers in order to review the reasons for refusal in detail before deciding on our next steps.”

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