Aldi is ‘aware’ of Westway planning consent

Written by Scott Campbell, Cumbernauld Media's Senior Reporter.

Published at 16:22 on 5 February 2015

Aldi    Business    Westway Retail Park

Westway Retail Park. Picture: courtesy of Bill Henry.

ALDI has told Cumbernauld Media that they are aware of the decision by North Lanarkshire Council to grant a change of use and amalgamation of two units at Westway Retail Park – but, that they continue to review the situation all the time.

North Lanarkshire approved a planning application from Cumbernauld Retail Park Ltd Partnership, who own Westway Retail Park, near Castlecary, on 28 January.

The news that the council had granted permission to amalgamate the Park’s empty units 5b and 6, before being fitted out to become a store was warmly welcomed by most local residents – although some have stated a concern over a lack of transport. 

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth SNP MSP, Jamie Hepburn has been one of the most vocal supporters of the development. 

Commenting after the announcement that the planning application had been approved, the SNP man said: “A number of people have previously raised concerns with me as to the future of the Westway Retail Park. 

“It is clear that this Retail Park needs to change to attract new customers and I think that allowing a food retailer to operate here will give it a needed boost.

“Now that this barrier has been removed this gives us an opportunity to breathe life into the retail park. 

“It was abundantly clear from the response to the survey I carried out about this application that there is strong support for such a change in the local community.

“Their views were at the centre of my own submission to this planning application and I am pleased that the Council has listened to that.”

The announcement that the application's proposals have been permitted, late last month, paves the way for the retailer to seriously consider opening a new in branch in Cumbernauld - with the town being a preferred store site for the firm, as reported on Cumbernauld Media, last month.

However, Aldi are not confirming or denying whether they will go ahead with the proposals, with a spokesman for the company confirming in December 2014 that: “We would very much like to have a store in Cumbernauld and have been looking to find the best location to suit our requirements.

“It is premature to speculate about any specific site at this stage but we hope to report further progress in the New Year.”

The line now is much the same, with a spokesman for the company telling Cumbernauld Media today (5 February) that: “Aldi is keen to have a store in Cumbernauld - it's just a question of finding the right site for our needs and requirements.”

He stressed, though, that nothing was finalised yet. “We are also aware of the recent planning changes at the retail park but continue to review our options,” the spokesman added.

At present, Westway Retail Park, on Castlecary Way, has approximately 664 parking spaces, and is home to retail outlets such as DIY chain, B&Q; electronics store, Currys; and, Halfords, though the Retail Park has been criticised on occasions for having a lack of public transport and for being in an isolated location.