Edge of town retail park proposed for Stirling
April 8 2021
A car-centric edge of town retail park at Cookbridge, Stirling, comprising a mix of drive-through restaurants, a vehicle showroom, shops and a gym is on the cards with permission in principle being sought for the mixed-use development.
Accessible from the A905 the project has been brought forward by Yeoman McAllister Architects on behalf of Ramoyle Developments on agricultural grazing land currently owned by Stirling Development Agency.
Stressing the need for a broad accommodation mix beyond bulky household goods (as specified in the local development plan) the applicants wrote: "... assessments show that the proposed development will not harm the vitality and viability of other Network Centres and that there are no sequentially preferable sites which can accommodate the development.
"Moreover, there is clearly no demand in Stirling for additional retail premises to accommodate bulky goods sales. Springkerse Retail Park (phases 1 and 2) which offer this type of retail have never been fully let in over 20 years demonstrating an existing over provision of bulky goods shopping in the city."
Planting, street furniture and surfaces will be overseen by VLM landscape design.
Out of town retail kills the town that it is meant to serve. So many examples of this throughout the English speaking world.
This, and developments like it, need a rethink if we are to ever achieve the vibrant, bustling town centres our ancestors once enjoyed.
Not to mention the impact on the sustainablity of the high street
All that will be left in the centre will be the banks and the hairdressers.
Unbelievable that this development is being pushed by the council -- they have jumped the shark with this nonsense.
Accessible from A 905 - grief what an oxymoron!...
Plus with the massive flood plain issues, the creation of a vast expanse of hard pavement - only used for a limited time as well, & not even on a main bus corridor - let alone close to a rail station....
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