A MAJOR new retail park will be built in derelict land in Barrhead after planners gave the £15 million project the go-ahead.

London & Scottish Developments are set transform the former site of the Nestlé Purina factory on Glasgow Road creating hundreds of jobs in the process.

The 64,000 square feet development will include a Lidl, a B&M and two drive thrus, one of which will be a Burger King, as well as a number of smaller retail units.

Councillor Tony Buchanan, Leader of East Renfrewshire Council, said: “This is fantastic for Barrhead – it will bring significant new jobs and extend the range of retail on offer within the town."

Andy Richardson Development Director at London & Scottish, added: “We are delighted to have secured planning consent for this major investment.

"We intend to start construction on site in early 2021 and to open later in the year with a retail provision that complements the existing town centre offer.

"The Barrhead site represents the latest in a series of successful retail developments. We have previously completed retail parks at Cowdenbeath, Aviemore, Cumbernauld and Paisley.”