Condorrat Tesco plans would create 20 jobs

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 21:55 on 22 January 2015.
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01-06-2013 - By Scott Campbell (+44) 0774 296 870 - Condorrat Gala Day, 2013, at St. Helen's Primary School; Picture shows Condorrat War Memorial Social Club, on Condorrat Main Road.
Part of Condorrat Social Club would become home to a Tesco Express, if plans are passed. Picture: Scott Campbell for Cumbernauld Media.
TESCO hopes to bring some 20 new jobs to Cumbernauld, as proposals move to planning – proposals that, if passed, would see a third Tesco opened in the Cumbernauld area.

At present, Tesco has one store in Craigmarloch, and a second larger store in Cumbernauld town centre, off the A8011 Central Way. Plans are now afoot to see a third store opened in Condorrat.

Lodged on Saturday (17 January), and officially validated by North Lanarkshire Council’s Planning and Regeneration department on Monday (19 January), Tesco’s full-scale planning application seeks permission for a change of use of part of the Condorrat Social Club, on the village’s Main Road.

Included within the application is a request to convert part of the social club into a 366 sq. metre Tesco Express store, in addition to external alterations, the creation of a bicycle rack and a disabled access ramp.

A target determination date of 15 March 2015 has been set against the proposals, although no date has yet been set for the issue to go before planning – and, as a result, a spokeswoman for North Lanarkshire Council could only confirm that: “A planning application has been submitted to the council from Tesco for a proposed store in Condorrat.”

The proposals have been a sore point for people living in the area – with Condorrat Community Council looking set to not only oppose the plans, but lead a battle against the plans.

Tesco, however, are adamant that they back the plans – citing their belief that a store could be “popular” with locals, offer more product ranges and create new jobs in the area.

A spokesperson for Tesco told Cumbernauld Media: “We would very much like to opportunity to serve the local community in Condorrat and look forward to a decision on our planning application. 

“We believe a small Express convenience store would be popular with many local customers, offering a wide range of great value products in a convenient location.

“The store would create around 20 new jobs for local people and encourage people to shop locally rather than travelling out of the village to large supermarkets, benefitting other neighbouring businesses,” they added. 

The lodging of a full planning application comes nearly nine months after a public meeting in Condorrat where Tesco’s representative was greeted with a chilly reception, as locals packed out the area’s Pollock Hall to get their views heard.

Stacey Egan, Chairwoman of Condorrat Community Council said the Community Council would explore ways to oppose the plans, and encourage others to do likewise. 

She said: “We will continue to explore every avenue open to us to make the objections of the community heard.”
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