Fresh concerns as Morrisons alter plans for Bishopbriggs store

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LAST-MINUTE changes to controversial plans for a new town centre have raised concerns for residents.

Supermarket giant Morrisons has applied to make alterations to its planning application for a new store, petrol station and car park.

But Bishopbriggs Town Team, a group set up to give the local community a voice on town centre regeneration, has raised concerns about the changes.

These include an increase of 2.3 metres in the height of the main entrance of the store, making the visual impact “enormous” and potentially giving nearby houses problems with privacy, lack of daylight and sunlight.

The group also feels that the addition of a pedestrian entrance from South Crosshill Road should not be necessary and could add to the disturbance caused to neighbours.

They are also concerned that the colour of the cladding of the store has changed from white to grey and is not in keeping with the surrounding buildings.

The Town Team said it was extremely disappointed that there has been no consideration of bringing the store closer to the centre.

Pat McBride, from Town Team, said: “The significant raising of the roof adds to the complete oversize of the store for our town centre.

“We hope that one or more councillors during the planning process will request a site visit which hopefully will include a mock-up of the site and should in particular show the elevation of the proposed new store. This should prove extremely helpful to all who are interested, for or against, this proposed development.”

She added: “We’re suggesting to people to have a look at the changes and make any comments to the council’s planning department by January 30.”

Meanwhile, Dominic Notarangelo, chairman of Bishopbriggs Community Council, said that Morrisons could be missing an opportunity to regenerate the town centre. He said that they could build a new centre to replace the Triangle Shopping Centre.

Morrisons were unable to provide a comment as the Herald went to print.

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