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Clashmahew DIY Store Plans Under Threat

Stranraer could lose out on 40 jobs if a DIY store and garden centre do not get planning permission.

Developers looking to develop land at Clashmahew on the southern outskirts of the town say the project would also increase retail turnover by £2.5 million a year.

But Shire councillors were today (13/06/07) being recommended to turn the plans down. For planning officials fear that the development would hit town centre businesses which are already having to fight hard to survive.

CWP claim the development, which they say is the first of its kind in Stranraer, would bring 40 jobs. The site, they add, is ideal for this sort of development, situated as it is near a number of existing bulky retailers, including Jewson and Builder Center.

The DIY store and Garden Centre would include a total gross floor area of 25,000 sq ft and include car parking for 157 cars, situated between the DIY store and A77 Stoneykirk Road.

Landscaping would be carried out between the car park and the main road and a mini roundabout at the junction of Stoneykirk Road and Ochtrelure Way would be introduced to reduce speeding and improve safety in the area.

If approved the development could be built and opened by March of next year.

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