The applicants seek detailed planning permission for the erection of a 8175sqm (87,998sqft) gross, Class 1 retail food store with associated parking, a petrol filling station and carwash at the former Wishaw Goods yard. The proposals include the formation of new access to the site from Belhaven Road involving a roundabout opposite Bell Street. A variety of off site road works are also proposed, the most significant of these include: the formation of a new public road parallel to the existing stretch of Dundyvan Street between Belhaven Road and Alexander Street and the alteration of the existing carriageway to form an access to the adjacent housing the closure of the link between Main Street with Low Main StreeVGlen Road and the provision of bus stops at Cleland Road the installation of traffic lights on Main Street at West Cross and on Belhaven Road at the junction with Main Street.
The new store proposed is a “Tesco Extra” and is of modern design and materials measuring approximately 108 metres by 83 metres and two storeys in height. The building would be located at the north of the site adjacent to the boundary of the site with Quarry Street. The entrance would be on the south side of the store adjacent to the main parking area, further parking would be provided to the west of the store adjacent to Belhaven Road. The proposed car wash and petrol station would be located to the south of the site and the service yard would be to the east at the rear of the housing at Belhaven Terrace. Improved pedestrian access is proposed from Main Street to Quarry Street via the existing Council car park. The store is intended to trade on a 24 hours basis. The applicant has submitted further information in support of this application and this includes a Transport Assessment, Retail Impact Assessment and Noise Assessment.
The Committee should note that a separate planning application Ref. S/05/00593/FUL has been submitted by Santon Group Developments Ltd & Tesco Stores Ltd for the construction of an access and Park & Ride Facility, including the diversion of an existing footpath. This planning application was submitted on 14thApril 2005 and is still under consideration.
The proposal shall be assessed in terms of Strategic Policy
Assessment of Development
Proposals in the Glasgow and Clyde Valley Joint Structure Plan 2000.
On the Southern Area Local Plan Finalised Draft (Modified 2001 & 2004) the majority of the site is covered by policy IND 8 (Established Industrial & Business Areas). small area of naturally regenerated woodland towards the north west of the site and the land adjacent to Dundyvan Street are covered by Policy L3 (Protected Open Space). On the Burgh of Motherwell & Wishaw Development Plan the site is largely designated as a Railway Goods Station, part of the site is designated as an Area for Local Authorities or Statutory Undertakers and the land adjacent to
Dundyvan Street is designated as Protected Open Space.