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Council gives green light to £15m Asda supermarket and 200 jobs

Asda pointed to a petition of more than 1000 signatures which it said showed local backing for the move.

Asda: Plans to open on the outskirts of Edinburgh in the autumn.
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A £15m Asda store is expected to bring up to 200 jobs to a North Lanarkshire town after council bosses granted planning permission.

The supermarket giant had submitted its proposal to build a new outlet in Viewpark, north-east of Uddingston, to the local authority's planning and transport committee.

Councillors on the panel unanimously approved the submission on Wednesday, paving the way for the construction of a supermarket and petrol station.

Asda pointed to a petition of more than 1000 signatures which it said showed local backing for the move.

Lisa Rooke, Asda’s property communications manager, said, “We are absolutely delighted our proposals for a new store have been given the go ahead. We’ve had great support from the people of Viewpark, who have stressed throughout our consultation the need for more choice, competition and low prices in the area. We’ve also heard from a number of people who welcome the job creation and investment.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the supporters, who spoke on behalf of the local community today, for and all the councillors who voted for the application. We look forward to delivering a store which we know will provide significant benefits to the area."

Bosses predicted the payroll over the first decade of the store's lifespan would be £17m, with around £431,000 in rates payable per year. It is expected 200 people will be employed in full-time and part-time positions in the store, in addition to 200 construction jobs involved in building the complex.

Asda will launch a recruitment drive to target local job seekers as well as working with local suppliers to expand the company's range of products.

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