55m Asda scheme clears planning

Published:  13 April, 2011

LARKHALL: Morgan Sindall's Muse development arm and Asda have got the go-ahead to build a 55m store and housing scheme in Lanarkshire.

Muse expects to start work on the large site close to Larkhall town centre in the Autumn, building 330 homes around a new supermarket.

The site will include three and four-bedroom houses, a quarter of which will be affordable housing, a care home, a nursery, a restaurant, shops and a medical centre.

The planning consent could trigger the second round of a long tussle between Asda and Tesco in the area. When planners gave the scheme outline consent Tesco threatened to scrap its plans for a supermarket in the town at Raploch Street.

Tesco's proposal, which the council considers not yet ready to go before the planning committee, included plans to relocate Larkhall Thistle Football Club from their current stadium and move Larkhall Bowling Club to a new site to make way for the store. The club's dream of a football stadium ends if Tesco pulls out.

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