PLANS to demolish a former Sainsbury’s store in a Borders town in favour of a new supermarket have been put back on the table.

The original proposals for the relocation of Selkirk’s Co-op first surfaced at the start of the year.

But the plans were withdrawn in March, with no further details being given for the reasoning behind the decision.

However, a new application for the works was tabled with the council this week.

The plans involve demolishing the now vacant High Street Sainsbury’s store to build a “modern, purpose-built” Co-op Food shop.

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A supporting statement issued as part of the application said the store would “make a positive contribution to Selkirk in many ways”.

“The proposed retail unit would be a welcome replacement for the tired and unsightly building which currently detracts from the conservation area,” the report states.

It adds: “We feel the existing use and location as a service site is well positioned for redevelopment into a modern retail convenience food unit for the town.

“This will also assist in removing difficult service vehicle access to the existing Co-op store and benefit the community with an improved convenience food offer, countering the need to travel out-with the settlement.

“The existing Co-op Food store is not fit for purpose, does not allow Co-op Food to offer a full range of products, and given its location, is difficult to service.”