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Asda aims to block city development

Asda has launched a legal bid to block a £500 million new town development by Inverness Estates.

The developer’s plans for a site on the outskirts of Inverness include 500 homes, a primary school, shops, a hotel, a church, a health centre and a library.

However, the supermarket chain has applied to Scotland’s Court of Session for a judicial review of Highland Council’s decision to grant planning permission for the ambitious scheme.

Asda, which has its own planning permission for a store close to the proposed new town, said Inverness Estates should not have been granted planning permission because a consultation on the council’s local plan had not been completed.

Documents submitted to the court by Asda said: “By resolving to grant planning permission in favour of the said application, [the council] has rendered said consultation exercise redundant.”

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