Duns Community Council oppose the Co-op’s move from their Newtown Street premises to a new site next to the new Berwickshire High School and there is also opposition from a number of local people concerned about the impact it would have on the town centre.
The site has been identified in the region’s future Local Plan for housing, and Scottish Borders Council’s planners have tried to persuade Co-op representatives to withdraw the application until after a Scottish Government Reporter has addressed all issues of concern within the Local Plan.
However, a Scottish Borders Council spokesperson said this week: “The applicant for a food store at land north east of Berwickshire High School has confirmed they wish their application to be determined.
“It is hoped a decision on the application will be made this week.”
The decision will be made by planning officers using delegated powers, rather than going before the council’s planning committee, and the applicants would have the right to ask for the Local Review Body to revisit that decision.
Planners have already made clear how they view the application saying: “The location of this development would have an adverse impact on the vitality and viability of the Duns town centre. This concern appears to particularly resonate with the observations received from the local community.
“In addition it is not viewed that the submission has provided acceptable grounds of justification to overcome the loss of proposed allocated housing land which is needed to meet housing land requirement.”