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REVISED plans for Sainsbury’s proposed store in Montrose have now been submitted to Angus Council and will be available to view at a public consultation event next month.

At its meeting on Monday night, Montrose Together was told the original plans have been amended to make room for more parking spaces, increasing capacity from 172 to 190, as well as allowing for the planting of more trees and soft landscaping.

The Brechin Road store’s floorspace has been reduced as a result from 25,000 square feet to 22,500 square feet.

Planning consultant Richard Phillips said that the company is still “very much committed” to bringing a store to Montrose - its first in Angus - and hopes that, subject to planning permission, it will be open by the middle of next year.

Sainsbury’s will conduct a second public consultation exercise on Friday, April 8, from 11am to 7pm in the Old and St Andrew’s Church hall when the amended plans will be available to view.

Paul Miller, Sainsbury’s national development surveyor, said: “Given the value of investment, we are confident that the development will deliver significant benefits to the local economy by offering up to 200 jobs for local people and working with local suppliers.”