Controversial church plans finally approved

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AFTER numerous setbacks and delays, a new church will be built in Pittenweem.

The Coastline Community Church application – which has strongly divided opinion among local residents – was voted through by four votes to three at the North East Fife area committee.

A previous application had been refused because the building was deemed to large for Session Street.

Objectors also claimed the street could not cope with increased traffic.

However, following the latest planning decision Pastor Daniel Pollin said the church would be the first purpose-built disabled access centre in the East Neuk.

“We are about to start a new building project. Once completed, we will be able to provide this East Neuk community with not only a modern worship centre, but with a safe haven, a place where people can come and find rest for their weary souls, relief and support for those struggling with addictions,” he said.

However, Pittenweem Community Council, which objected to the plans, has written to Fife Council asking for “clarification” on the matter.

In particular, whether a landowner’s approval for pedestrian access to the site had been secured prior to the planning decision.

Also, whether councillors who approved the plans had been aware that a ‘bad neighbour notification’ had attracted 100 comments in just two weeks.