Plans for a Sainsbury’s supermarket in Carnoustie have been abandoned.
The proposal for an outlet and adjacent retail store on the vacant site of the former Kinloch Primary School attracted fervent opposition.
It was the first firm proposal to emerge for the site since the demolition of the school in 2010.
It was brought forward in response to ideas which emerged from the Carnoustie design charrette, one of a series held across the Angus burghs.
Bakery chain Greggs had been ready to build a new 6,000 sq ft food store and join Sainsbury’s in the near-£2 million “town square” transformation.
Greggs pulled out last month and Sainsbury’s has also decided not to progress with the application.
Carnoustie independent councillor David Cheape said it was a disappointing outcome for the town.
“There were mixed views and opinions on the potential arrival of Sainsbury’s and Greggs,” he said.
“When the latter pulled out I had hoped that this plan might still proceed but in a more aesthetically pleasing part of the Kinloch site.”
Critics said the plan did not meet the “village-square” vision which emerged as one of the Carnoustie charrette aspirations for the site.
Independent councillor Brian Boyd said: “I am not surprised Sainsbury’s have pulled out but I think this is because it now doesn’t fit their business model, with their merger with Asda, rather than objections for locals.”
A spokesman for the supermarket said: “We’re disappointed we couldn’t progress with the application submitted by Cumbrae Property and we’re now considering our options.”