Car travel concerns contribute to store plan refusal

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.

The story is reported here, by the Edinburgh Reporter newspaper and website, and also here (EdinburghLive website) and here (Edinburgh Evening News newspaper).

Update (June 18 2020): the Edinburgh Evening News newspaper reports Lidl’s reaction (“extremely disappointed”) – here.

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