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Morrisons proceed with Cumbernauld store plans

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 10:04 GMT on Saturday, May 25th, 2013.

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Artist's impression. Picture is copyright of Morrisons Stores.

CUMBERNAULD could see a new superstore in the coming years after Morrisons lodged a planning permission application, in principle, last weekend.

The move by the superstore giant follows months of public consultation about a supposed new development at Westfield, opposite St Maurice’s High School.

According to the company’s Planning Permission in Principle (PPP) a new development would comprise of a food store, to be occupied by Morrisons; a 6 pump Petrol Filling Station; in addition to a number of mixed uses, such as a drive thru and bar/ restaurant.

Under planning application reference 13/00862/PPP, the in principle application was lodged on 19th May 2013; is pending consideration and is entitled, “Planning Permission in Principle for Foodstore (5453m2 GFA) (Class 1), Petrol Station, Car Parking and additional Mixed Use Options including: Retail (Class 1); Financial, Professional or Other Services (Class 2); Restaurant (Class 3); Hotel (Class 7); Assembly & Leisure Uses (Class 11); Non-Residential Institution (Class 10); and/or Sui Generis Uses (eg Hot Food Takeaway / Drive Thru), Landscaping, Access and Associated Works.”

Any new development would see the construction of an up to 58,697 sq. ft Morrisons store, accompanied by twenty-five disabled and twenty-four Parent and Child parking bays, on a flat plain, with two electric shopping carts proposed for those less able, accompanied by an audio induction loop system for hard of hearing store employees. 

According to the principle outlines, the new store would be built of materials including buff Facing Brick; dark Green PPC Metal Doors; white Insulated Composite Cladding Panels; dark Green Insulated Composite Cladding Panels; and, PPC Curtain Walling dark green.

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The application concludes that, “…this comprehensive design solution will bring a positive, cohesive addition to the local urban context.”

The application adds that a new Morrisons store could “deliver extensive qualitative benefits to the Cumbernauld community.”

The application adds: “The provision of a new foodstore with associated car parking facilities and enhanced public realm, will deliver extensive qualitative benefits to the Cumbernauld community.

“This Design and Access Statement illustrates the key principles and concepts that will shape the finalised proposals of the development.

“The proposals are practical, sensitive to the surrounding area and will bring about a positive contribution to the local environment that will revitalise this part of Cumbernauld.

“Overall it is considered that the proposals will take account of local, regional and national planning policies as well as meeting the needs and aspirations of the local community.”

The application in principle was validated on Tuesday (21st May), whilst the application expires on 19th June, 2013. The public can comment on the in principle application via the council’s planning website

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