Green light for Portree supermarket application

Portree could be set for two new supermarket developments after councillors voted 11-2 in favour of a long-running application by Edinburgh-based Oatridge Ltd.

The application for a supermarket and filling station the Home Farm area of Portree was approved at Highland Council’s north planning committee today (Tuesday) and follows the earlier approval of an application by Rubicon Ltd and the Lochalsh and Skye Housing Association for another supermarket at Home Farm.

Highland Council’s planners had recommended refusing the Oatridge application – which has long been linked with Tesco – but this was overruled by councillors. The decision brings to an end the long-running saga over the development, which was first floated in 2009, and included plans for a new link road and roundabout from Staffin Road to Home Farm Road.

This element, which would have cost in the region of £1 million, was however removed from the application prior to today’s meeting.

A spokesman for Oatridge Ltd told the Free Press today that they were “delighted with the planning outcome”.

See this week’s Free Press for a full report.