Smart Education in UK : 1000 jobs for Glasgow IF Silverburn shopping centre expansion gets go ahead

A huge expansion of Silverburn shopping centre in Glasgow’s south side would create more than 1,000 local jobs, the Evening Times can exclusively reveal.

Ambitious plans unveiled by owners Hammerson today are understood to represent an

If the proposals get the green light the London-based firm will build dozens more shops, a new leisure complex, a 110-bedroom hotel, a community centre, a park, as well as create 2,000 additional parking spaces and upgrade the road network.

A £20m leisure extension opened at the shopping centre recently, creating 160 jobs, but the new plans – which could see the Silverburn complex extended to the other side of the M77 motorway – are expected to be the biggest expansion yet.

A source close to the project said: “It is expected that phase four will deliver a boost to the local economy and wider area in the region £80 million, as well as over 1000 job opportunities for local people as part of the operational and construction phases of the scheme.”

Glasgow City Council’s planning officials have recommended that politicians rubber stamp Hammerson’s proposals at a committee meeting tomorrow.

But Silverburn’s owners are likely to face opposition to any detailed planning application from their own tenants Tesco, as well as the NHS and National Savings and Investments (NS&I), who have interests in part of the land on the other side of the motorway known as Cowglen.

Tesco has objected amid fears that the extension would impact on trade and pointed to the fact that Silverburn’s owners “do not have control of the Tesco car park land which forms a significant element of the proposed expansion”.

A Tesco spokesman said: “We want to see a successful and thriving Pollok town centre and we’re proud to be part of the community. However, we are concerned that the application includes a substantial proportion of our store’s car park, for which we have a very long lease.”

NS&I recently agreed the sale of a derelict 1960s structure and surrounding land at Cowglen to housebuilder Persimmon.

But it has since emerged that the transaction will not be finalised until plans for more than 500 homes get the go ahead.

A spokesman for NS&I explained: “NS&I have agreed the sale of the Cowglen site to Persimmon. This transaction is conditional upon the granting of the required planning consents for the development of this land for residential use.

“They are purchasing the entire site and therefore Hammerson’s planning application includes land that will ultimately be owned by Persimmon. It was agreed with Persimmon that the representation with regards to this planning application would come from NS&I as the current landowners.”

The spokesman said NS&I has objected to the Silverburn expansion because Hammerson’s plans “would take place on our land without our consent”.

He added: “Our response, issued by Jones Lang LaSalle, states that two areas of land within the application red line boundary encroach onto land owned by NS&I and NHS Scotland, and no agreement has been reached with the applicant.”

A spokesman for the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde declined to comment but it is understood the health board intends to maximise its financial returns on the land.

Renfrewshire Council also objected to Hammerson’s plans but when the Evening Times contacted the local authority on Friday a spokesman said officials had decided to withdraw the representation and would notify counterparts in Glasgow before tomorrow’s Planning Applications Committee.

The neighbouring councils have previously been at loggerheads over separate plans to expand Silverburn in Glasgow and Braehead shopping centre in Renfrewshire, as well as a bitter battle to have Braehead designated a town centre.

A Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said: “There have been some changes to the application - mainly the fact that development would now sit within in the area zoned as a town centre. On that basis, we have withdrawn our objection.”

A spokeswoman for Silverburn owners Hammerson remained optimistic about the expansion plans, despite the objections.

She said: “We welcome the decision to recommend planning approval and we are hopeful of a positive outcome.

“Approval would mark an important next step in delivering on our plans for the much needed wider regeneration of the area which we believe can realise significant benefits for the local community and beyond.”

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