THE Tesco supermarket in Linlithgow could be extended by a third with a double deck car park added if outline plans unveiled this week go ahead.
County Properties, which owns the Regent Centre on Blackness Road, has been in discussions with West Lothian Council regarding the significant extension, and the Journal and Gazette understands a planning application could be submitted over the next few months to the authority.
In designs seen this week, the supermarket would be extended by around 1115 square metres, increasing the current size by about a third, and 92 new car parking spaces would be added by building an extra level, driving up the total spaces from 233 to 325.
The proposed plans have been welcomed by Nicholas Leonard, chairman of campaign group LASD (Linlithgow Against Supermarket Development).
He said: “LASD has strongly opposed inappropriate out of town proposals at Boghall East and at Burghmuir but it would welcome a development at the Regent Centre which stengthens the retail offering in the town centre and also provides additional car parking facilities.”
Martyn Day, councillor for development and transport, said he was looking forward to seeing the plans in more detail, but added: “I have always thought a two storey car park would be a good move for the town and I would be keen to see that.
‘‘For the town centre it could be quite positive and I will be watching these plans with interest.”
Tesco at the Regent Centre leases the site from landlord County Properties.
A spokesman for Tesco said: “We are aware of the landlord’s impending planning application, and although we have no immediate plans to extend our town centre store, we are always looking for ways to invest in our business and respond to customer needs.”
As the Journal and Gazette went to press, neither County Properties nor their agent Cooper Cromar, was available for comment.