Tesco has been refused permission to build a fourth supermarket in the original 'Tesco Town' of Inverness following an unsuccessful appeal to the Scottish government. The application for the Holm store was referred to the government in March after the Highland Council threw it out as it went against the Inverness Local Plan's retailing policy. However, it may be of some consolation to Tesco, which has 56% of the Inverness market according to CACI, that an application by arch-rival Asda to build its first store in the city has been delayed in the process. Asda's application for the Slackbuie store was due to be heard earlier this week, but the Highland Council's planning committee decided to set it back to January in order to take legal advice after the decision on Tesco. This is the second postponement for Asda's application. In June, councillors demanded more information about the effect the store would have on traffic.