Aldi store to be built in Cupar

A mock-up of how Aldi's store in Cupar will look
A mock-up of how Aldi's store in Cupar will look

Bosses at the discount retailer Aldi have expressed their delight after plans to build a new store in Cupar were unanimously approved.

Members of north east Fife planning committee have rubber-stamped an application to build a 1600 square metre store in South Road - just days after Tesco announced it would not be proceeding with its plans for a superstore.

The Aldi application was approved subject to 35 conditions - including measures to mitigate concerns about road safety.

Fife Council’s transportation officers had recommended refusal of the plans on the grounds that the proposed access point to the store would be too close to both the existing St Michaels Drive and Ceres Road junctions, but it was agreed that a traffic regulation would be sought in conjunction with Aldi to ban parking on South Road between 8am and 8pm and create a lane allowing motorists to turn right into the store.

It means that South Road residents would have to park in the Aldi car park during the day.

This is the latest in a long line of applications for the site - formerly occupied by Martex Cash and Carry - none of which has come to fruition.

Previous applications have included one by Aldi, which was turned down on the basis of its possible impact on town centre trade.

However, Wednesday’s committee heard that retail dynamics had changed considerably since then and the predicted impact was now considered acceptable.

Meanwhile Tesco still has planning permission to build a new superstore on the site of its existing premises, but announced this week that the plan had been shelved.

But planner Chris Smith said that even if Tesco did change its mind again, the effect on the town centre would still be within acceptable limits.

Graham Nicolson, property director for Aldi Stores in Scotland, said afterwards: “We are absolutely delighted with the committee’s decision which reflects the strong public support we received from our consultations in Cupar. We are also grateful for the keen interest which the elected members took in our proposed application and in particular would like to thank the Royal Burgh of Cupar Community Council for their support.

“We will now be working hard to bring Cupar shoppers a new Aldi store, delivering new investment onto a long term brownfield site together with the creation of new job opportunities for the area.”

Construction is due to start later this year.