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Sports teams support Dundee JLR plans

Artist's impression: the proposed John Clark Motor Group JLR showroom off King's Cross Road, Dundee

John Clark Motor Group will create new sports facilities for a junior football club and an amateur boxing academy as part of plans to develop a £10 million JLR dealership in Dundee.

The Aberdeen-based retail group submitted plans for the Jaguar and Land Rover ARCH Concept showroom and nearby sports complex planned for land off King’s Cross Road, Dundee, to Dundee City Council last week following a community consultation.

Lochee Harp Junior Football Club and St Francis Amateur Boxing Club are two groups who will benefit from the development, with a new 3G football pitch and five-a-side training pitch among the plans.

John Clark Motor Group managing director, Chris Clark, said in a report published in the Dundee Evening Telegraph: “It is a significant venture for the group. We are delighted that this project will bring considerable benefits for both institutions, the local community and our customers.”

Both sports clubs have publicly supported the John Clark’s plans, reported the Telegraph, with St Francis president Jimmy Marr stating that the new facilities were “much needed”.

Jim Kelly, Lochee Harp JFC president, added that the plans were a “win-win” for the club.

One resident did criticise the plans, however, stating that the land would be better used for affordable housing.

Jim Elder said: “This land once held approximately 130 three, four and five-bedroom flats in tenements.

“Dundee is desperate for affordable social housing, which this land should be used for.”

In September, John Clark Motor Group reported turnover up 10% to £667 million from £604m during the year ended December 31, 2015.

New vehicle sales volumes increased by 6% to a record high of 13,691 units as retail used volumes grew by 12% to 11,853 units.

However, operating profit fell from £12.3m in 2014 to £11.1m last year and profit before tax was down from £10.5m to £9.1m to the year to December 31. 

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