Re­tail gi­ant loses ap­peal over Dum­fries store site

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS -

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.

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