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Tesco planning permission refused

An extension at Tesco in Kirkwall, to be used for an internet ordering home delivery service, has been refused planning permission.

Members of the OIC planning committee heard today that 42 objections to the proposal had been received, primarily concerned at the economic impact it would have on the town centre and rural shops.

OIC planning officers told the committee that they should only be considering the extension, rather than its proposed use and were recommending approval.

However, Councillor Rob Crichton, argued that the proposal be refused on the grounds that an extension of any size would have a detrimental effect on local shops and services and therefore a knock-on adverse effect on rural areas and communities.

Permission was refused five votes to two.