CONTROVERSIAL plans to create a new supermarket could mean a bumper jobs boost say retail chiefs.
Morrisons says its proposals to create a new store on the former Bishopbriggs High School site will create up to 250 new jobs.
The supermarket giant already employs 160 staff at its current store (right).
It is understood workers will be given the chance to transfer to the new store. There will also be a recruitment drive to find up to 250 new staff.
The masterplan for the £40million project is expected to be submitted to East Dunbartonshire Council in the next two weeks.
However, Jo Swinson MP says she has been told by Morrisons that it has not made any further substantial changes to its plans, despite concerns from residents about the proposed store’s size and distance from Bishopbriggs town centre.
Ms Swinson said: “Morrisons told me that two-thirds of the people filling out feedback forms at the exhibition [in Woodhill Evangelical Church] in May were against the plans.
“It is therefore disappointing that Morrisons said they wouldn’t be making any further substantial changes to the plans.
“Once the plans are submitted I hope people will engage with the planning process and let the council know their views.”
The displayed plans included a 60,000 square foot store, a petrol station, community hub, medical centre and civic space.
Morrisons development executive, Richard Bakes, said: “It is disappointing that having briefed Ms Swinson on our proposals for the town centre that she feels it is necessary to encourage residents to raise objections to the current scheme.
“The principle of a mixed use development incorporating a range of uses including residential, retail, community hub and foodstore was established by the council and their joint venture partner Muse Developments Ltd prior to our involvement.
“Since then we’ve been working hard with key stakeholders and members of the public to develop a scheme which we believe represents the best and most deliverable solution for the people of Bishopbriggs and East Dunbartonshire Council.
“This £40m investment by Morrisons will create up to 250 new jobs, a state-of-the-art food store, enhanced parking provision and provide a framework for future development. This will include a civic hub, which will provide the town centre with new amenities and a civic focal point.”
He added: “The overall development will sensitively complement the rest of the town centre and significantly improve the shopping experience for residents and visitors.
“The first phase will involve the construction of the foodstore, upgraded access to the Triangle Shopping Centre and improvements to the public realm. Later phases will enhance the existing Triangle Shopping Centre as well as deliver further improvements.
“Our proposals will also create the opportunity for the council and St Matthew’s Church to deliver their new facilities and we will continue to work with both parties, over the coming months, to encourage and support the integration of their proposals into the wider plans.”
Mr Bakes described the lodging of the application as a “milestone” and said it would include details on traffic, pedestrian access and development phases.
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