Waiting nearly over on appeal

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The Scottish Government is moving closer to a decision on whether to grant Sainsbury’s planning appeal to open a Motherwell store.

Having finally received the paperwork from the reporter on June 5, months later than expected, it is anticipated Planning Minister Derek Mckay will make his decision by August 5.

However, in around one fifth of similar cases the Scottish Government’s deadlines slip by a month, which means D-Day for Sainsbury’s should be no later than September 5.

Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals section manager Carol-Anne Redpath said: “An independent reporter was appointed by Scottish Ministers to consider this case, produce a report and make recommendations in order for the final decision to be taken by Scottish Ministers.

“The reporter submitted his report on June 5 and recommendations for the development to Scottish Ministers and a decision will be made in due course.

“On receipt of the Reporter’s report, Ministers aim to issue their decision as quickly as possible.

“They endeavour to issue decisions within a target timescale of two months in 80 per cent of cases handled, and 100 per cent within three months.”

Motherwell and Wishaw MSP John Pentland believes the appeal should be successful.

He said: “I realise it is important to have local plans ,but in this case given the amount of jobs being created special circumstances should be taken into consideration.”