Co-op confident on plan for store

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The Co-operative are still hopeful of opening a store in Motherwell despite North Lanarkshire Council officials recommending their application be refused.

At last week’s planning and transportation committee councillors considered the Co-op’s application to reconfigure the industrial warehouse at the junction of Manse Road and Windmillhill Street and open a small supermarket with opening hours of 7am-10pm.

There were no objections from the public to the proposal, but officials recommended it for refusal on the basis the shop would be outwith the town centre.

They also felt the application would have a detrimental affect of the surrounding residential area, especially as the 64 car parking spaces proposed falls short of the recommended 82 for such a development and could lead to illegal parking.

Councillors, though accepted a request for a site visit and hearing.

A spokesman for The Co-operative Food said: “We remain confident that our proposed new store would be an asset to the local area, and would bring investment and new jobs to a prominent town centre location.”

At the same meeting councillors awarded tenders for the two park and rides in Motherwell, while Miller Homes were granted permission to build 237 houses in Holytown.

Full story in March 21 edition of Times & Speaker