Tesco has bought a four-acre site on the east coast of Scotland following a prolonged planning dispute.

The supermarket giant has now started develop a 37,000 sq ft superstore at the former Westburn Foundry site at Stobross, north of Edinburgh.

Planning struggle

The site’s former owner, Scottish developer Gladedale Capital, has been struggling with planning issues at the site for over a year.

Angus Council had initially refused Gladedale the necessary planning and road construction consent needed to make a supermarket development viable.

But at appeal in front of the Scottish Executive Gladedale over-turned the decisions.

Tesco will begin work on the site at the end of March and aims to open the store by the end of autumn this year.