Congestion fears over Cupar housing bid

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PLANS to build a major housing development on a site next to one of Cupar’s busiest roads has prompted concerns among local residents and the town’s environment group who all fear it would lead to ‘severe’ congestion problems.

Landbank Estates Ltd. have applied to Fife Council to build 34 houses on an 8140sqm brownfield site in South Road.

The development would comprise 22 terraced houses and 12 flats as well as a new access road and parking for 70 cars.

But already the application has attracted objections from worried householders amid fears about road safety on what is a main arterial route.

They say the increased traffic would compound existing problems caused by heavy lorries passing through, speeding traffic and congestion arising from vehicles parked on the street.

In addition, some fear that if and when the proposed redevelopment of the Tesco store goes ahead it will involve the creation of yet another access road.

One objector said: “South Road is difficult enough to negotiate by car at the best of times because of the need for residents on South Road to park on the street.

“This proposal will result in another access point between two very busy junctions at St. Michaels Drive and Ceres Road which lie immediately to the south of the existing access point to the Tesco supermarket.

“If the proposed redevelopment of the latter takes place and a new traffic arrangement is put in place for entry to and from the supermarket then what impact will this have on yet another access point for this proposed residential development as well as existing junctions?

“Given that South Road is one of the principal arterial roads through Cupar, and the town already suffers from severe congestion, the addition of another access point serving 34 dwellings (and car parking spaces for 70 cars) so close to existing busy junctions is, quite frankly, incomprehensible.”

An objection has also been lodged to the application on the basis that the proposed two-storey houses are ’disproportionately tall’ and would not be in keeping with nearby 19th century stone-built properties.

The plans have also prompted concern from Sustainable Cupar, a group set up in 2009 to help Cupar become a thriving, environmentally sustainable town.

Outlining its reasons for objection, a spokesperson from the group told the Fife Herald: “We are objecting to this proposed development on the grounds that it will lead to increased traffic.

“The provision of 70 additional parking spaces will worsen traffic problems in an area that already suffers from severe congestion, which is of particular concern because of the proximity to Castlehill Primary School.

“In addition to increasing air pollution, this will make the area more unpleasant and dangerous for pedestrians, which will discourage people from walking around town.

“We feel that if this area is to be used for housing, the density of the housing should be reduced, and the allocation of parking spaces per house should also be reduced.”