Revealed: Waitrose’s plans for Milngavie

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THIS is an exclusive look at how the new Waitrose store in Milngavie will look - if plans get the go ahead.

The artist’s impression form part of a planning application for a shop and new all-weather pitch for West of Scotland rugby club, which has been lodged with the council.

Developers Town Centre Securities (TCS) have submitted the plans following a wide-ranging consultation exercise.

The public can now make representations to East Dunbartonshire Council on the formal planning application.

If successful, a new Waitrose store would be built during 2013 and open for business in 2014.

It will be sited on one of West’s existing pitches next to Glasgow Road off the Burnbrae Roundabout - while the rubgby club will be given a new all-weather pitch.

Several hundred people turned out for a public exhibition in May and more than a thousand questionnaires were received by the developers, indicating strong support in the community for the proposal.

Nearly nine in 10 people responding (87 per cent) were positive about the proposals.

Eight in 10 respondents (82 per cent) said there was a ‘great need’ for a new, ‘high quality’ supermarket in Milngavie.

There was also strong public support for the 180 jobs that the development will bring to the area and for the investment it will deliver to West, allowing the club to remain in business on its existing site while enjoying a new all-weather pitch that will also be available for community use.

David Donkin of TCS said: “We are pleased to submit our planning application this week and we believe many local people see the benefits to the area in Waitrose coming – and benefits to West of Scotland FC.

“The input of the local community has been invaluable in helping us to address and resolve issues they raised.

“With more food spending retained in Milngavie area, we’re confident that the town centre will benefit from associated spending as we help to bring new people into the area.

“After all, a vibrant town centre is in everyone’s interests.”

West president John Cameron said: “West are pleased that such a high quality development is being proposed for Burnbrae.

“As well as the benefit to the community, the club has much to gain from improved playing facilities and a degree of financial security, which means that our long term future in Milngavie would be guaranteed.”