Consultation on revised supermarket plans

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MONTROSIANS will have a chance this week to view and comment on updated proposals to bring a Sainsbury’s supermarket to the town.

The company will hold a one-day public exhibition at the Old and St Andrew’s Church hall on Friday to display its new plans for the Brechin Road store.

Sainsbury’s submitted revised plans to Angus Council in mid-March. These now include a smaller store of 22,500 sq ft with 190 car parking spaces, instead of 172, to help meet planning policy, along with some additional tree planting and soft landscaping.

The event will be held between 11am and 7pm and local people are being invited to view the exhibition and find out more. They will also have the opportunity to comment on the proposals, ask questions and put forward their views directly to the project team. Paul Miller, Sainsbury’s national development surveyor, said: “We’re delighted to have the opportunity to show the community our revised plans for a store in Montrose, our first store in Angus.

“To date we have enjoyed considerable support from the local community and we hope to build on that going forward. Sainsbury’s are committed to bringing the right store to the residents of Montrose and to ensuring the store meets the needs of the community.”

Sainsbury’s has been carefully reviewing its proposal for the store in Montrose, and recently submitted planning application amendments to the council to try to ensure the proposals meet with the requirements of the authority, as well as the area itself.

The company predicts the store would create up to 200 full and part time jobs for local people, as well as support local food and drink suppliers in the area. It has also said the project will create construction jobs, representing a spin-off to the wider Angus economy.

The store is expected to be completed by the middle of next year, subject to receiving planning consent, and complement the town’s existing shops.

Sainsbury’s has said it is also expected to attract customers from the surrounding area and “retain Montrose’s retail spending within the town”.

Friday’s consultation follows an additional briefing by Sainsbury’s on the scheme’s progress at last month’s Montrose Together meeting.