Courts now involved in Cumbernauld town centre’s bid to quash retail park plan

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Fully approved plans to create a retail park at Broadwood may never see the light of day now thanks to drastic moves by town centre bosses.

For it’s been confirmed that the legal framework is now in place to act as a barrier to the construction of the seven-unit precinct.

All seemed well back in July when North Lanarkshire Council approved the plans to bring big long-awaited big names like Simply Food and Aldi and Starbucks to the town.

The estimated opening date was January of next year but a petition for a judicial review is now in the hands of the Court of Session – amidst claims that the project was on a bigger scale than first believed.

A spokesperson for the owners of the Antonine Centre and Cumbernauld Shopping Centre explained: “We are deeply concerned that the development is no longer proposed to be a neighbourhood retail scheme.

“The granting of planning permission is, in our view, fundamentally flawed.

“We believe that the decision to allow a large-scale retail warehouse development rather than a neighbourhood centre, can be reviewed by the courts.”

A spokesman for L&S Broadwood, the company developing the site said: “We are aware that the granting of planning permission has been challenged and we are considering our response.”