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First Scottish Tesco-Dobbies store given green light

Detailed plans for Scotland’s first joint supermarket and garden centre were given the green light on Tuesday.

The massive new development at Peel Park will bring over 400 jobs to the town, with recruitment taking place locally.

The site already had planning permission for a stand-alone supermarket and a garden centre but the proposals which went before South Lanarkshire Council’s planning committee are the first of their kind in the country.

It will see a Tesco superstore, a petrol station, a Dobbies garden centre, incorporating a restaurant and cafe, farm foodhall, poly tunnels, cold house and external sales/display/demonstration areas.

The stores will be linked with a central atrium entrance foyer which contains the garden centre restaurant.

There will be 948 car parking spaces in total for the two stores.

Given the delays in the development moving forward, the detailed planning permission was welcomed by local councillors Graham Simpson and Janice McGinlay.

There will be road improvements including crossing points on Redwood Drive, Eaglesham Road and Greenhills Road, which the councillors had called for.

Councillor Simpson told the News: “The promise of hundreds of new jobs is to be welcomed and I just hope that the company can now get on and deliver the new store, which will be warmly welcomed by the people of East Kilbride.

“Both Councillor McGinlay and myself pushed for road improvements, such as crossing points on Redwood Drive, Eaglesham Road and Greenhills Road and these have all been agreed to.

“They will make a significant difference for constituents who have been struggling to cross these busy routes and will make it easier to access the new store on foot or by cycle.”

Nicola Findlay - The Dialy Record/East Kilbride News

27 June 2014
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Thank you for the excellent presentation that you gave at Woodbury Park on Thursday morning. It was very interesting and thought-provoking for our Retail members. The feedback has been excellent.

Martin Elliott. Chief Executive - Home Hardware.

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