Planning Minister Derek Mackay has rejected Sainsbury’s appeal to build a new store in Hamilton Road, Motherwell.
The supermarket giant had hoped to redevelop the former bus garage site known as Traction House.
The land is owned by housing developers Barratt, but they have previously said they will never make use of the site due to the high cost of decontamination.
Sainsbury’s claimed had the project for the 90,000 sq ft store been allowed to go ahead it would have created around 300 jobs, but this wasn’t enough for the Minister who felt the impact on Motherwell town centre would be too great.
Andrew Sanderson, regional development manager for Sainsbury’s, said; “We are disappointed that Scottish Ministers have refused our appeal for a store in Motherwell, which would have been the first Sainsbury’s in North Lanarkshire.
“Unfortunately this is the end of the planning process for us. We would like to once again take this opportunity to thank everyone in Motherwell and North Lanarkshire for their overwhelming support since we launched our application over two years ago.”
Motherwell and Wishaw MSP John Pentland backed the plan was disappointed by the decision.
He said: “This is unwelcome news for my constituents, who have been very supportive of the proposals that would have increased local competition and consumer choice, created 300 local jobs, and boosted the local economy.
“We are losing out on a development that would have brought more shoppers , and provided a significant stimulus to Motherwell and surrounding communities.”
Campaign group Motherwell Matters added: “We are very disappointed with this decision after months of hard work.”