Public hearing on Dobbies new Garden World application

Dobbies ran a public consultation in East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, last week to canvas residents' thoughts on the company's planned £14m development.

The company is preparing a planning application to South Lanarkshire Council for a Garden World at Peel Park in East Kilbride, south of Glasgow. Residents were invited to attend the meeting and offer feedback or concerns.

The project is expected to create about 120 full- and part-time jobs and features an indoor and outdoor planteria, a farm food hall, an aquatics department and a restaurant.

A water-recycling system and a biomass boiler for heating are to be included in the development.

The centre will boast an eco-garden and themed demonstration gardens to inspire and entertain customers.

The company has also confirmed its Cumbernauld centre in North Lanarkshire is to close, although a date is yet to be set. Dobbies property and development director Stuart Wright said the centre had become dated and would close so the company could concentrate on acquiring and building a larger modern centre in the Lanarkshire area. "Dobbies is very keen to provide modern facilities and is pursuing a strategy to develop its new style of centre, for which it is becoming increasingly well known."

Employees would be offered the opportunity to relocate when it finally closes.

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