October 2010 - Tesco had its legal challenge over Highland Council's approval of plans for a 40,000 sq.ft. Asda store heard at the Court of Session in Edinburgh. Tesco claims Councillors' decision to approve Asda plans for a new store at Knockbreck Road against the recommendation of officials was fundamentally flawed and will damage the town centre.
In summer 2008 Tesco was given outline consent for a store, petrol station and a 213-space car park, in Shore Road, by six votes to five. In August 2008 Asda announced it would be withdrawing from the public inquiry, thus leaving the way clear for Tesco. In November 2008 Tesco submitted a detailed proposal.
On the 3rd March 2009 Tesco's detailed layout was refused by the councillors because of concerns over car-parking and traffic and pedestrian access. Officials, however, did not issue the formal refusal notice to Tesco after deciding that one of the three grounds of objection was not competent. Please see an article in the Ross-shire Journal, 3rd March 2009 and an article on the 27th February 2009. However, on the 21st April 2009 Councillors unanimously rejected its plan for a new store. For more information please see the Press and Journal, 22nd April 2009.
On the 17th July 2009 Tesco confirmed it will appeal to Scottish Ministers against the rejection of the application by Highland Council. The public inquiry commenced on the 4th March 2010.
In December 2009 Asda submitted an application for outline planning permission for a store and petrol station on Knockbreck Road in Tain. Please see an article in the Northern Times, 17th December 2009. In April 2010, Council planning officers recommended Councillors refuse the application as it is contrary to the development plan. However, on the 23rd April Councillors unanimously voted to approve the Asda application. Please see an article in the Ross-shire Journal, 23rd April 2010.