Next’s Dumfries store appeal rejected again
An appeal which could have let retail giant Next return to a town it left earlier this year has been rejected.
It meant the DPEA had to look again at the firm’s bid to have a condition lifted on an out-of-town unit at the Cuckoo Bridge retail park in Dumfries.
However, it has now confirmed its rejection of the application.
Next left its Dumfries town centre store in the Loreburne Centre in February this year following the original refusal.
It argued turnover had fallen significantly and the unit no longer suited its business model.
Dumfries and Galloway Council rejected the proposals to lift a planning condition and the DPEA backed that stance.
The lengthy wrangle took another twist this summer when the DPEA’s decision was quashed forcing it to examine the case again.
It has now concluded – after taking into account additional or updated evidence – that the appeal should be rejected once more.
A reporter found that the benefits to the town from the major retailer would not outweigh the proposal’s failure to comply with the local development plan.
He added that the proposed Next store could be accommodated in a “suitable and available” town centre location which would fit with the “town centres first approach” required by Scottish planning policy.