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Controversial store decision is delayed

A FINAL decision on ­controversial plans for a supermarket development in a conservation area has been delayed for months amid safety concerns.

Glasgow councillors had been expected to decide on the bid by Stefan King's G1 Group to build the 5000 sq ft outlet in Hyndland, part of the Glasgow West Conservation Area.

Officials had recommended the plans for approval, despite the objections of more than 500 people.

But after local councillors raised concerns about the impact of increased traffic in the often congested area there was a unanimous decision to visit the Novar Drive site before any vote is taken on Mr King's firm's bid.

That will not take place until after the summer recess, moving any decision into August at the earliest.

The building, which would be split between retail and office space, has been proposed by Root and Branch, a subsidiary of the G1 Group. It would be constructed on ground occupied by a disused builders yard, with councillors asked to grant a change of use planning application. There has been speculation Sainsbury's will take over the site once it has been completed.

At a planning committee meeting, local member Ken Andrew appealed for the visit. He said councillors would see the potential impact of a store on a congested residential area.

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