Green light for £25m Cumbernauld retail development

Cumbernauld WestfieldNorth Lanarkshire Council’s planning committee has unanimously approved plans for a £25 million retail park in Cumbernauld.

The Westfield development is set to create 200 full time jobs and around 50 jobs in the construction phase, which developers L&S Broadwood hope will start later this year.

The new neighbourhood centre includes a seven-unit shopping parade, a pub, a drive thru coffee shop, a petrol station and 600 car parking spaces on a brownfield site in the shadow of Broadwood Stadium. Anchor tenants include M&S Simply Food, Aldi and Home Bargains, while Starbucks are in advanced negotiations over the lease of the drive thru coffee shop.

The developers are also in discussions with potential tenants for the remaining four retail units, the pub and the petrol station.

Bryan Wilson, development director with L&S Broadwood, a subsidiary of Glasgow-based London & Scottish Investments, said: “We believe this local neighbourhood centre will be a tremendous asset for the people living on the other side of the M80 who currently have very few local amenities.

“It will give them top High Street brands on their doorstep and provide a real focus for their community.

“We are grateful to the members of the planning committee for giving us the green light for our proposals. We hope to have shovels in the ground later this year, with a view to start trading in around 18 months’ time.”

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