New store for Nicol St

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PLANS to build a new convenience store on the site of a former plumber’s yard have been approved.

Retailer David Sands got the green light to move into Nicol Street from councillors on Kirkcaldy Area Committee yesterday (Wednesday).

Permission was granted for the existing warehouse building on the site - the former Plumb Center store - to be demolished and a new single storey until, with 235 square metres of floor space, built.

The site will also encorporate 15 parking spaces.

In a report to councillors, Alison Arthur, planning officer, said the former plumber’s yard was in a ‘‘dilapidated state of repair and has remained unoccupied for a number of years.’’

Road safety was a key concern for councillors during their discussions.

Road safety

Councillor Susan Leslie raised fears over road safety due to ‘difficult junctions’ in the vacinity.

She said: “I have no objection to the application, I think it’s a great use of the site and a good facility to offer the area.

“The type of development is desperately needed in that sort of area, but it’s going to attract people on foot and children as well.”

Dave Frew, transportation team leader, said: ‘‘With the volume of traffic coming in and out the place, the road netowrk can cope with it.

“We didn’t ask for a formal crossing to be put in as there are crossing points at the roundabout and further along Nicol Street.

Draconian

“I accept they are not close to the proximity of the site but we felt for a store of this size it would be draconian to ask the developer to put in a formal crossing at this time.”

A total of 23 objections were lodged against the plans raising concerns on the impact on amenity with an increase in litter and anti-social behaviour; road safety concerns and the impact on the character of the conservation area.

An increase in traffic movements associated with the site are also a worry.

However, planning officers believed the proposal was ‘compatible with its surrounds’ and would not cause any adverse impact upon surrounding properties. Councillors also agreed Conservation Area Consent in relation to the plans.