Green Light for Kilmac

Posted on April 18, 2017

Councillors in Dundee have approved plans to build a new Starbucks coffee shop and a pub-restaurant on Gourdie Industrial Estate.

Although council officers recommended the plans be rejected, members of the development management committee approved the £4.5 million plans after a heated debate in the City Chambers.

Several members expressed concern the Fulton Road development could draw business away from the city centre or other district shopping centres.

Both developments will be sited on land that has lain vacant for decades but council officers said the land should be reserved for industrial use, rather than cafes and restaurants.

The drive-thru coffee shop will be run by Starbucks and the pub-restaurant by chain Marston’s.

Derek Ross from developer Kilmac, which will build both the cafe and restaurant, said the plans would create dozens of new full and part-time jobs.

Councillors voted 15 to 10 in favour of a motion to approve the Starbucks plan.

They then voted by 14 to 11 in favour of a motion to approve the Marston’s pub development.

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