Plans have been unveiled to create a new supermarket in Cambuslang, with the creation of up to 25 new jobs.
Aldi have exclusively revealed to the Reformer that they have plans to develop a new store on the site of the former South Lanarkshire College on Hamilton Road, originally Gateside School,
The old building was demolished and the site cleared in 2008, when plans were initially drawn up for the creation of new housing on the site.
However, with the current economic climate, Aldi have stepped in to take over the site, and hope to build a high-quality, single storey design with glazed entrance with a 1125 square metre sales area and 90 parking spaces.
They confirmed that there will be 20-25 jobs created if South Lanarkshire Council grants planning permission, plus further jobs during the construction phase.
Before submitting an application, Aldi will be consulting with the local community. As part of this consultation, there will be a public exhibition of the proposals next Tuesday, March 26, at the CTEC building on Cambuslang Main Street, from 3-6pm.
Graham Nicolson, director of property, Aldi Scotland: “We are really looking forward to unveiling our plans at the public exhibition and hope to see as many Cambuslang shoppers and our prospective neighbours as possible on the day.”
Tulloch Homes, based in Stepps, had previously bought the site and received planning permission from South Lanarkshire Council to build new homes there.
After the red sandstone building was demolished, Tulloch initially intended to build 66 two-bedroomed flats with associated parking and landscaping. The intention was to build these as two three-storey blocks and one four-storey block.
However, with the collapse of the housing market, the site lain vacant, and Tulloch revised their plans for the area.
The council last year approved Tulloch’s new proposals for the erection of 31 two- and three-storey houses with associated roads, parking and landscaped areas at the site. The company told the Reformer last May that work wasn’t due to begin immediately.
Demolition of the old building upset some people, especially those who were former pupils of the school.
However, South Lanarkshire College chairman Ian Macpherson MBE said at the time: “The old building has no architectural merit. We checked all this out with Heritage Scotland, and took photos to preserve its memory.”
The Reformer revealed last year that Sainsbury’s were planning to create a new supermarket in the town, on part of the former Hoover site.