Backlash over airfield plans from Crail residents

Crail Airfield. Picture by Tam Pelan
Crail Airfield. Picture by Tam Pelan
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Residents in the East Neuk have until Sunday to make their feelings known about new planning proposals for Crail Airfield.

Emac Planning LLP, an agent acting on behalf of the applicant, submitted a formal planning application for use of the land and buildings at the airfield on Balcomie Road for motor vehicle events and other activities for more than 28 days in the calendar year.

The consultation period has been open since November and, so far, there are over 40 objections to the application, which many people say will increase traffic through the village and impact further on noise pollution.

However, supporting statements comment on the trade benefits for local businesses and the partnership work.

The applicant, which already runs the Thrash Car events throughout the year, wants to increase activities at the airfield, offering the space for hire.

Proposals include private hire of the track for up to 10 days per month, learner driver hire for up to three days per month, Porsche hire for up to three days per month and use of the track by Supercar Scotland for one day per month.

As well as a number of objections from individual residents within the village, Crail Community Council has also lodged an objection to the application.

It claims noise from current events can already be ‘very intrusive’, even extending to being heard in Anstruther.

Members were also concerned about the lack of enforcement of vehicle standards for cars travelling to events and the volume of traffic on event days.

Particular concerns were also expressed about the safety of routes in and around the village, and it was noted that an event for children during Crail Festival had to be cancelled because of concerns over road safety.

Max Taylor, from the community council, told the Mail it had been unanimously agreed by members to recommend the planning application be rejected.

Comments must be made by Sunday, December 13. To comment, visit the planning section of fifedirect.org.uk