Green light for 101 new homes

Former Glencast site at Methil where 101 houses have been approved
Former Glencast site at Methil where 101 houses have been approved
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Councillors have given a new 101 property housing development in Methil the go-ahead, despite concerns over traffic issues.

Members of the central area planning committee were asked to approve the affordable housing development at the former Glencast works.

The report shows improvements which consist of simply painting the roundabout, which I feel is not enough to cope with the likely vehicle numbers once the new development is completed.

Councillor David Graham

While all welcomed the report, which will see “much-needed” housing built on the site, a number of councillors raised concerns over an increase in traffic in the area, and questioned whether or not existing infrastructure could cope with demand.

In its report, Fife Council said the development would have “no significant adverse impact” on the surrounding road network.

Councillor David Graham, commented: “I welcome the excellent proposal to erect 101 much-needed affordable homes in our community.

“I do have concerns, however, about the access to the site using the junction on Kirkland Walk, which is presently a mini-roundabout with an awkward camber.

“The report shows improvements which consist of simply painting the roundabout, which I feel is not enough to cope with the likely vehicle numbers once the new development is completed.”

His concerns about the impact on the roads were also shared by Cllr Kay Morrison, who called for a strengthening of the conditions of the report.

Concerns were also raised by Cllr Graham over a lack of outdoor play facilites, which have not been included in the housing plans.

“I do have a fair bit of frustration. If this was a private developer, we would be asking for a contribution to education and leisure, but I don’t see this anywhere in the report.

‘‘There is mention of open spaces, but we should be talking about recreational activites for young people. I would like to see investment in play facilities.”

This was echoed by Cllr Andrew Rodger, who told the committee it had a “moral obligation” to the health of youngsters.

However, it was noted there is no requirement for inclusion because the development is being built on a brownfield site, and consists of affordable housing.