Jo comments on Morrisons decision to appeal planning refusal

Commenting on Morrisons decision to appeal East Dunbartonshire Council’s planning refusal for a new store in Bishopbriggs:

“Many local people, on both sides of the issue, were taken aback when Morrisons application was turned down last month.

“What I found in an e-consultation on the issue, and saw echoed in the local press, is that people want a diverse retail offer and community facilities in Bishopbriggs town centre but Councillors were clearly not convinced that Morrisons’ plans would be positive for the town centre.  Although they had taken account some local concerns in their plans, the increased distance between the store and the main shopping area of Bishopbriggs was a particular worry.

“It’s not particularly surprising that Morrisons have decided to appeal the decision, though it is a shame that they have decided to pursue this route rather than engage further on what changes to the plans would be needed to reassure the local community.”

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