Plans for the redevelopment of Easterhouse Town Centre moved a step closer yesterday after planning consent was granted for a second phase at Glasgow Fort Shopping Park and a neighbourhood centre.

Glasgow City Council approved Hercules Unit Trust's application for a 175,000 sq ft expansion of the 400,000 sq ft Glasgow Fort scheme. The extension will be anchored by a Marks & Spencer store and a number of other retail units.

The neighbourhood centre will provide local shops, offices, car parking and a proposed childcare centre with a secure outdoor play area, which will be built on an area of unused land bounded by Connisburgh Road in the west and Auchenlea Road in the south.

Both projects should get under way in spring next year.

Phil Goodman, a Hercules Unit Trust spokesman, said: 'The announcement comes after much planning and consultation with key stakeholders.

‘We are committed to driving forward the regeneration of Easterhouse. The ultimate aim for the area is to create an integrated, economically and socially successful town, with a community hub.'

The plans are still subject to Scottish Government approval. British Land manages the Hercules Unit Trust.