Traders in Jedburgh objected against plans from Sheppy Industries to erect a foodstore on the former Oregon Timber Frame company premises in Station Yard, Edinburgh Road concerned that it would draw shoppers away from the town centre.
In October the Scottish Borders Council’s planning committee voted 8-4 to reject the application. The application was recommended for refusal on the grounds that it would have meant loss of allocated employment land and that it would affect the vitality of the town centre.
However, the developers resubmitted the planning application but it was again rejected.
In 2013 planning officials advised councillors to reject a third attempt to develop a supermarket. The latest application was for planning permission in principle, with detailed designs to come at a later stage.Council planning officials said the land was zoned for "employment" and not retail and argued that giving the go-ahead would create an "undesirable precedent". Their report also stated that the proposed store would have an adverse effect on the viability of the town centre as a retail area.