Revised plans for a new retail park on a prominent site in Cupar have been approved – despite concerns that it will mean the death knell for the town centre.
North-east Fife’s planning committee gave permission for seven new units on the former Reekies garage site on South Road.
About 100 jobs are expected to be created as a result of the £10 million investment.
Consent had been given for a similar scheme consisting of six units last year.
The fresh proposal increases the number of units by one, while reducing the overall size of the development.
Eleven objections were lodged, highlighting fears about the impact on the town centre and concerns about traffic.
Some councillors expressed misgivings, but council solicitor Steven Paterson told the committee it would be “perverse” to reject the application as consent for a similar scheme was granted only 18 months ago.
Councillors voted 11-2 in favour of an amendment by Conservative councillor Andy Heer and seconded by Liberal Democrat councillor Tim Brett which recommended approval but asked the planning committee or area committee to address transportation issues.