PLANS for a supermarket expected to create up to 500 jobs have been put at risk.
It is also claimed a decision made by Moray Council planners will “stymie development” in Elgin.
Sainsbury’s say their proposals to build a large store and petrol station on the Elgin Auction Mart site on New Elgin Road have been put in jeopardy.
A decision taken by council officers in February now allows food to be sold at a proposed development at a former sawmill site on Linkwood Road, directly opposite the supermarket chain’s new store location.
Although the layout of the retail park is unlikely to attract food retailers, the decision means the supermarket chain will have to re-examine scores of infrastructure reports already submitted as part of its planning application, on the assumption a supermarket could move in.
Sainsbury’s is now taking legal action against the council’s decision to grant a certificate of lawfulness.For more, pick up a copy of this week's 'Northern Scot'.