Crail site visit after planning appeal

Donald MacGregor
Donald MacGregor

A development company has lodged an appeal with the Scottish Government after it claimed councillors took too long to come up with reasons to refuse a plan for housing in Crail.

In August, councillors at the north east area committee voted unanimously to refuse an application by Stewart Milne Homes for a 48 dwelling development on land adjacent to Pinkerton Farm.

Councillors were concerned about the size of the houses and the impact on the local community.

Logging the appeal on October 3, Ewan MacLean, working on behalf of the company, said the applicant had taken the decision to appeal on the grounds of non-determination after the application was presented to the area committee twice - on August 14 and September 11 - with no definitive outcome.

The appeal was launched six days before the clarified reasons for refusal were presented on October 9.

A site visit will now be carried out, but a reporter has not yet been appointed.

Commenting, local councillor Donald MacGregor said: “The residents of Crail would like to see the area developed but with the appropriate number of houses that are of a decent size and which have garden space.”