Retail giant loses appeal over Dumfries store site
Next has lost its second appeal to open a store at the Cuckoo Bridge retail park in Dumfries.
The Court of Session quashed the original refusal by the Scottish government’s planning and environmental appeals division (DPEA).
It meant the DPEA had to look again at the bid to have a condition lifted on an out-of-town site.
However, it has now confirmed its rejection of the application.
It published a report this week stating that after “examining fresh and updated evidence”, it upheld the initial decision to reject the plans for a new store.
Reporter David Liddell said allowing the move to a new site would not comply with the town centres first approach of Scottish planning policy when the store could be feasibly housed in a “suitable and available town centre location”.
The retail giant moved out of the Loreburne Centre after plans to relocate to the retail park were met with opposition from councillors and planners in February 2017.
Despite a petition launched by staff gathering more than 3,000 signatures, the shop closed in February this year with the loss of 25 jobs.