Local vote against new Duns Co-op

Plans for a new £4 million Co-op store at Duns’ Langtongate do not have the support of Duns Community Council.

The Co-op plan to relocate from their current premises in Duns at Newtown Street to the larger site near the high school as there is no room on the existing site to expand.

However, it would seem that the current town centre site is the preferred option of Duns Community Council who voted 5-2 against the planning application for the new site (one member abstained and three were absent).

After holding a public meeting and voting on the Co-op plans, Duns Community Council then conveyed their view to Scottish Borders Council who will make the decision on whether or not to grant planning permission for the new store.

Explaining their reasons for opposing the new store Duns Community Council said: “Following a discussion at the Duns Community Council meeting on December 3, a vote was taken and it was decided to object to the proposed new Co-op on the grounds that: it would be to the deteriment of the town centre; that it would be to the detriment of the elderly and disabled; that it was not in the local plan to have retail premises on that site; that the field was on a flood plain; and that it was too close to the high school and proposed new primary school as increased traffic in that area would endanger children.”

A number of objections from Duns residents have also been lodged with Scottish Borders Council and consultation on the plans, submitted in October 2014, has been extended to February 5.

SBC’s Forward Planning Section has also indicated its opposition to the plans saying that “it will have a detrimental impact of the vitality and viability of the town centre”.