East Lothian to get Lidl and B&M as part of massive new £30m shopping park
Lidl and B&M, as well as necessary road infrastructure, are going to be planned around the DunBear statue, with further office, industrial and leisure facilities also part of the future plan.
The detailed plans were put to the council that would see Lidl occupy a space of 1996 square metres and B&M occupy 2218.
If these plans are successful, the two retail giants could help contribute towards as many as 80 new jobs in the Dunbar area a part of the £30 million investment.
The 54.3-acre development will be designed around The DunBear, a five-metre high steel sculpture of a brown bear which pays tribute to the Dunbar-born naturalist, John Muir, credited with playing a key role in the establishment of National Parks in the USA.
Hallhill, who are part of the DunBear development, will also be spearheading the plans for Lidl and B&M, as well as relevant footpaths and roads.
One of the key outcomes from the community consultation event for this latest development was the desire amongst the local community for Dunbar to offer much more retail outlets and provide stronger competition due to an increased demand.
The issue was raised regarding the presence of certain discount retailers in every East Lothian town except Dunbar, meaning people are travelling further away for their shopping needs.
Hallhill developments have also pledged to work with and invest money in the local community, including Dunbar Traders Association, pushing people to visit and stay in the town.
The proposed road layout for the development provides a through route east to west across the site. Safe and direct pedestrian and cycle routes are included within the scheme and will continue to be refined.
Ken Ross from Hallhill Developments Limited commented: "At a time when retailers are scaling back due to the pandemic, it is great to be able to announce that these operators will be coming to DunBear Park. This will address the increased demand and provide greater competition, key themes that came from the community consultation exercise we undertook.
"This £30 million investment will deliver up to 80 much-needed new jobs for the local community, which is a clear vote of confidence in this location and will also serve to deliver the necessary infrastructure to allow us to bring forward further investment into Dunbar."
Philip Mellor from the Dunbar Traders Association also commented on how the development is aimed at keeping local residents in an area they know and preventing them travelling to Edinburgh.
"Developments such as this complement Dunbar town centre, and through preventing retail leakage to elsewhere in East Lothian and Edinburgh will keep more money in the town.
"In order to maximise the potential of these exciting developments we will be working with the developer to establish ways to promote and use appropriate signage. This will attract people who are visiting these outlets and/or the fantastic DunBear sculpture to the town centre.
"This is a win-win situation for Dunbar."