ROSYTH shoppers are facing a wait of over two years before a new Lidl store opens its doors.

Planning documents submitted to Fife Council have shown the planned opening date for the supermarket on Admiralty Road is now November 2025.

Building work is expected to get underway in January of that year.

The go-ahead for the store came earlier this year after planning permission was granted for a replacement ground at Pitreavie for Rosyth FC who were turfed out of their Admiralty Road base in 2018 to make way for the store.

After the agreement was made for a new home to be created for the club at Pitreavie, plans for the town's new Lidl were able to progress.

The latest planning application, which is part of planning conditions, sets out expected timescales for the building programme.

Although the schedule says the football facility was "programmed to be complete and operational" by the start of the 2024/2025 football season, Rosyth FC's vice chairman Russell Craig said he believes they are still on course to have their new facility by the beginning of the 2023/24 season this summer.

"I am assured that everyone is working behind the scenes to get everything sorted," he said. "As far as I am concerned, the pitch should be ready for the start of next season. We have been assured that everyone is working for it to be ready for the start of the season."

In August 2016, the council sanctioned the sale of the site, including the Recreation Park football ground and The Yard pub, for a new supermarket and car park.

The remainder of the land was to become housing.

However the plans faced lengthy delays due to the failure to find a new home for Rosyth FC and the planning condition that said no work on the Lidl supermarket could take place until a "signed, binding contract" to construct the replacement pitch had been submitted to the council.

Last September, after plans for the new pitch were tabled, developer Mactaggart & Mickel applied to change the condition "to facilitate the delivery of this exciting project at Pitreavie and allow the construction of the new Lidl store to commence".

The following month the council agreed the sale of the land needed for the supermarket.

When contacted by the Press this week, developer Mactaggart and Mickel said they had no update on the plans.