New images have been released of a planned retail park near Aberdeen
The developer behind the expansion of the Prime Four Business Park in Kingswells has said they are still “confident” Aberdeen City Council can recognise the “very significant benefits” to the area.
Developer Drum Property Group submitted an application to Aberdeen City Council to expand the business park, creating Prime West – a 30,000sqm retail development, including a food store, shops and offices.
Superdrug, JD Sports and Cotswold Outdoor – which all have outlets in the city centre – have joined firms such as Next and Boots to express an interest in moving into the new retail park.
Officers are urging councillors to refuse the application. A report to go before a meeting of all councillors on Wednesday raised concerns over the current health of trade in the city centre.
Prime West retail development’s Graeme Bone, Drum’s managing director, said: “We are still confident that Aberdeen City Council can, and will, recognise the very significant benefits that Prime West will bring both to the city and the wider area.
“This isn’t just about the £100m investment and 500 jobs the new development would bring – it’s about maintaining the confidence the city has demonstrated in recent years.
“Currently, the city has shown real ambition by embracing major infrastructure projects such as the AWPR, AECC, the harbour, and the city centre masterplan.
“Aberdeen currently languishes behind Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee in terms of out of town retail provision and we urge the council to demonstrate confidence in the future of Aberdeen and address this disparity, allowing the city to compete and give local residents the retail services they deserve.”
Mr. Bone added that the proposals for Prime West have received the backing of the majority of residents in the Kingswells, Westhill and West Aberdeen areas following the publication of new research carried out on behalf of Drum by the independent research unit at Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce.
The survey of 976 local residents showed that almost two-thirds (65%) of respondents were in favour of the new park, with only 15% against.
A further 87% said they would use the new development, while 67% claimed it would have a positive impact on the local region.
Owners of Union Square, Bon Accord and St Nicholas and Trinity shopping centres have publicly objected to the multi-million pound plan, saying it would impact on investor confidence in the city centre.
Councillors will vote on the application on Wednesday.