The application had been long-running and Tesco had launched an appeal to the Scottish Government over the council's non-determination of the application. The green light was given despite concerns that many councillors on the north east Fife area committee did not have access to a crucial Fife Council document which indicated the impact of the new store would "probably cause widespread closure" of the town's shops. The report also said that if given permission, Tesco would command 42 per cent of retail space in the town. Councillors had seen a retail impact assessment carried out by Tesco's consultants, but most had not seen the Fife Council report.
And instead it will just extend its current store and sell off the rest of the land it owns in South Road for housing and leisure facilities.
For its plans for a new superstore in Cupar or give up the land it has commandeered at South Road for other development. Tesco has confirmed that it is to erect hoarding to screen off the derelict new site at South Road, following complaints about the visual impact of harris fencing and a huge rubble pile.
Approval was granted subject to a number of extra conditions, including a restriction on delivery times and a change in the ratio of food to non-food items sold.