Published: 14/09/2017 16:35 - Updated: 14/09/2017 16:46

New £3.5 million furniture store stokes town centre dispute

 

Royce Clark of Grampian Furnishers
Royce Clark of Grampian Furnishers

 

 

PROPOSALS for Grampian Furnishers to move to a site on the eastern edge of Elgin are stoking controversy.

The company wants to relocate from Lossiemouth and open up near the Reiket Lane roundabout on the A96.

Grampian’s boss Royce Clark has submitted a planning application to Moray Council for a new purpose-built £3.5million storeroom, which will be three times the size of his present store. 

A meeting scheduled for October 4 will rule on the matter.

The council’s planning officials have given their backing to the scheme in a report released this week prior to the meeting.

They wrote: "This proposal represents the growth of a local business and would have economic benefits for the area."

They added that Grampian had looked but had not been able to  identify any "suitable alternative site" around Elgin. 

However, Elgin BID, the town centre management company which is subsidised by the council, has made a formal objection to the proposal, stating that it would take trade away from the high street.

Gill Neil, the head of BID, wrote: "The are already significant pressures on town centre retailers as evidenced by the current vacancy rate. This development will increase those pressure, lead to further trade displacement and result in job losses."

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