Small shops' leaders north of the border have rejected calls by the Scottish Green Party for changes to planning laws favouring independents.

At its party conference, the Greens said they wanted guidelines designed to inhibit the growth of so-called clone towns and protect retail diversity.

The party said it believed "the prioritising of local business over global business" would win votes at next May's elections.

But a Scottish Grocers Federation spokesman said: "What is a local business? Is it a Spar shop? We would not want to support a planning system that sought to restrict certain groups from opening in some areas.

"We would support a third party right of appeal, to allow communities greater say in what facilities are available in their areas, but would be hesitant to support these kind of proposals."