Re-shape begins as Waitrose and CALA lodge proposals

PLANS for two major developments which could radically re-shape Bearsden and Milngavie have been submitted.

Both CALA and Waitrose have started the ball rolling on separate schemes that could change the area’s housing and retail landscapes.

The up-market food sellers and developers Town Centre Securities have lodged a proposal of application notice with East Dunbartonshire Council, signalling their intention to create a store on one of West of Scotland’s rugby pitches next to Glasgow Road.

Under planning rules, these have to be filed with the council for major developments at least 12 weeks before a formal planning application is submitted.

Their proposal is to create a 25,000 square foot food store and replacement rugby pitch for West, with associated parking and landscaping.

Waitrose are currently consulting with the community on their plans which, they say, will bring in 180 new jobs.

Exhibitions will be held from 5.30 till 8pm on Tuesday, April 24, at West of Scotland Rugby Club and from 10am till 4.30pm on Wednesday, April 25, in Milngavie Town Hall.

Representatives from Waitrose, West and the developer will be available to answer questions.

Meanwhile, CALA have also filed a proposal of application notice for the Kilmardinny housing development.

This has been dogged with controversy since it was first proposed in 2007, and has been subject to intense local authority and Scottish Government scrutiny.

Concerns have been raised over plans to build more than 500 homes on the ‘Kilmardinny strip’ between Bearsden and Milngavie, and there was a long-running - and now resolved - wrangle over the future of the Allander Leisure centre.

Significantly, CALA’s plans include provision for the rail halt and a park and ride facility.

It also mentions the intention to create “housing, offices, sports facilities, open space, walkways and the formation of new access roads.”