South Scotland

Jedburgh supermarket bid rejected

A third attempt to develop a supermarket on the site of a former timber factory in the Borders has been rejected by councillors.

Developer James Brown wanted to build a store and petrol station on the outskirts of Jedburgh.

Planning officials had advised councillors to reject the application.

Two previous bids to site a supermarket on land formerly occupied by Oregon Timber Frame Ltd had already been turned down.

The latest application was for planning permission in principle, with detailed designs to come at a later stage.

The scheme had attracted support and criticism in Jedburgh itself.

Town centre traders feared it could have an adverse effect on their businesses.

However, many Jedburgh residents were keen to see increased competition in the town, and the local community council had backed the application.

Council planning officials said the land was zoned for "employment" and not retail and argued that giving the go-ahead would create an "undesirable precedent".

Their report also stated that the proposed store would have an adverse effect on the viability of the town centre as a retail area.

They advised planning committee members to refuse the application and they followed that recommendation.

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