South Scotland

Council rejects second superstore bid for Jedburgh

Scottish Borders Council has rejected a second set of plans for a new supermarket in Jedburgh just months after refusing a similar scheme.

Applicants Crabtree and Crabtree wanted to build a store on land formerly occupied by Oregon Timber Frame Limited at Edinburgh Road.

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

A similar bid, from Sheppy Industries, was turned down in October.

That led to locals forming a group called Voice and Choice to campaign for a new store for Jedburgh.

However, many town centre traders fear it could have an adverse effect on their businesses.

The local community council has backed the application but council planning officials recommended rejection.

They say the proposed store would have an adverse effect on the viability of the town centre as a retail area, with shops and the existing Co-op supermarket all suffering.

A majority of councillors on the planning committee backed the recommendation to refuse the application at a meeting on Monday.

After the meeting, campaigners vowed they would continue to fight for a new supermarket in the town.

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