In a submission to the recent planning application for a restaurant with a drive-thru facility and a Home Bargains retail outlet at Balmakeith, a Co-op employee has stated the following to Highland Council planners:
"I write in relation to the above planning application on behalf of the Co-op who as you will be aware operate 3 food stores in Nairn.
The conditions of the outline planning permission state that the as yet undeveloped units should be restricted to non-food use - a condition that B and M clearly cannot comply with.
We would urge the Council that should it be minded to approve the above application that conditions are appended to any permission to clearly control the amount of floor space that can be utilised for the sale of food and other convenience goods in order that the potential impact of the new store on the town centre is mitigated.
Such conditions would also prevent a food retailer from occurring the unit in the future without the Council having the opportunity to fully address impact through the planning process."