Go-ahead for controversial Tesco in Campbeltown
Plans to build a massive Tesco superstore in Campbeltown have been given the green light by Argyll and Bute Council.
The retailer wants to move from its existing store on one side of the town to a large site on the other. It claims its new store would create 200 jobs.
Opponents fear a larger branch could threaten local shops in the town.
The new store will be on the site of First Milk's Campbeltown Creamery. A new creamery is also planned.
Tesco's proposals were approved by Argyll and Bute councillors by nine votes to one.
The new creamery will be funded from three sources: up to £3.9m from the Scottish government; the sale of the existing creamery site to Tesco and funds from First Milk.
Tesco corporate affairs manager, Doug Wilson, said: "We wholeheartedly share the community's enthusiasm to see new employment opportunities created for the area and this is a step forward in the preservation of our long standing supplier, First Milk, in Campbeltown.
"Our existing store in Campbeltown has come under increased pressure over the years, and relocation will enable us to provide the supermarket offering that local residents deserve."
Paul Flanagan, First Milk's group communications director, added: "This news is a huge step towards our objective of building a new state-of-the-art creamery in Campbeltown.
"Tesco and ourselves can now focus on progressing the remaining details relating to the sale of the existing creamery site.
"We remain on track to exchange contracts with Tesco and start work on the new creamery site early in the New Year."