PLANS for a new supermarket, restaurant and business units have been given the green light at a former bus depot.
Planning permission in principle has been secured for the development in Milton Road, Kirkintilloch.
Supermaket chain Lidl have been linked with a move to the town and provision has also been made for a restaurant on the site.
It was originally thought KFC would be part of the development, but the fast food outlet withdrew its interest earlier this year.
The ambitious proposals to transform the derelict site also include premises for business, general industrial, and storage/distribution units.
A legal agreement was recently concluded for the development which will secure a £191,500 contribution from the developers for improvements in the area.
This includes £50,000 towards improving pedestrian links from the site to the town centre and £66,500 for improvements to the A803 corridor. There will also be £25,000 for public realm/civic space projects, delivered by the council, and £50,000 towards upgrading the traffic lights at the junction of Milton Road and Glasgow Road.
Thomas Glen, head of development and enterprise at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “The legal agreement secures planning permission in principle for a mixed use scheme, which covers food retail, and in this instance the end user has identified the retailer as Lidl.”
He added “A KFC drive through restaurant element had previously been indicated by the landowner, but we understand there are no plans to take this part of the scheme forward at the moment.”
He added: “It is important to note that the detail of the different elements still have to be permitted and must be done so through further applications to approve various conditions of the planning permission in principle consent.”
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