A RECOMMENDATION to refuse an application to site a general store on a site in an east Edinburgh retail park of ‘big box’ retailers has been backed.
At a Development Management sub-committee of The City of Edinburgh Council, held today, councillors refused the proposed development of a site on Seafield Road, occupied by the b&m home store brand.
It was a re-submitted application.
The grounds (as noted, here, in the sub-committee agenda) behind the refusal recommendation was a concern that people would mostly require to travel by car – thus potentially compromising the city’s climate challenge ambitions – to reach the proposed store.
The agenda notes identify the proposed store operator as Lidl.
Update (June 18 2020): the Edinburgh Evening News newspaper reports Lidl’s reaction (“extremely disappointed”) – here.