£20 million Silverburn expansion planned

An artist's impression of the new and improved Silverburn.
An artist's impression of the new and improved Silverburn.

SILVERBURN shopping centre may be in line for a makeover and over 300 new jobs.

Bosses at the Pollok shopping complex have submitted a planning application to Glasgow city council for a £20 million expansion project.

If approved, the new and improved centre will house more shops, restaurants, a new cinema and bingo hall — and create jobs for the southside.

Silverburn owner Hammeron estimates that 350 permanent positions will be created by the expansion, adding to the 2,000 people currently employed — 70 per cent of whom are southsiders.

The proposal was amended from original plans, first submitted in 2010, following a consultation with the surrounding community and businesses, who asked for more catering options on site and enhanced landscaping at the Pollok shopping centre.

Good news for job seekers — but for some residents, there is a worry that an expansion of Silverburn could have a negative effect on neighbouring communities.

In a debate sparked on our Facebook page, community group Clarkston.com told The Extra: “I’d like to see less out-of-town shopping centres. This can’t be good for our local shops, which are having a pretty difficult time as it is.

“More shopping centre capacity is surely going to make it even harder for small, independent shops to carry on”.

Muirend-based company Mak Hairdressing added: “Replacing local products and services with global brands is never a good idea. When will we ever learn?”

Fiona Graham championed the same small business mentality, commenting that she’d like to see an independent book shop take up residence in the centre, and adding: “But I agree with Clarkston.com — it would be better to see it amongst other local shops in a local town”.

However, not all expansion plans are unwelcome. Carol Adie added: “A cinema would be good — as far as I know there is no local cinema for southsiders”.

In response to the comments, a spokeswoman for Silverburn said: “The new phase in the development will allow Silverburn to review the current retail offer, with a view to identifying the opportunities to increase customer choice and breadth of offer”.

A decision on the planning application is expected by autumn, with work expected to start next year if given the go ahead. A launch for the new facilities is scheduled for mid 2014, with the cinema opening a few months later.

n Do you think a Silverburn expansion will impact local businesses? Share your thoughts by emailing gillian.loney@jpress.co.uk.