Supermarket plan is hanging in balance

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A PLAN to build a care home and a supermarket in New Stevenston which would create 190 jobs is to be decided at a special hearing.

Robertson Homes wants the facilities as the third phase of its Brannock Park development near Klondike Court to complement more than 130 new homes.

North Lanarkshire Council planning officials have no problem with the 60-bedroom care home, but believe the supermarket will have a detrimental effect on other retailers.

A council report said: “The supermarket is unacceptable as it would have a significant adverse impact on existing designated town centres and village retailing centres.

“In this instance the economic benefit is neither a significant material consideration nor sufficient to outweigh development plan policies.”

Robertson Homes requested a site visit and hearing which was accepted by the planning committee.

Regional director John Murphy said: “We have held a couple of open days and received nothing but support. It seems the only one with an objection is the council’s planning department.

“We believe the local plan is out of date. To call it a supermarket is wrong - it’s just a local food store. But we hope it allows people in New Stevenston the option of being able to shop locally rather than having to go to Motherwell or Bellshill.”

The application prompted letters of support from Uddingston and Bellshill MSP Michael McMahon, Bellshill Community Council and Newarthill Community Council, with no objections being made.

Full story in June 2 edition of Motherwell Times