Housing for west of Cupar planned

An image from the developers shows the possible layout of the site, which lies of the edge of the town.
An image from the developers shows the possible layout of the site, which lies of the edge of the town.
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Outline plans for a proposed 100-house development on the western edge of Cupar were revealed this week at a meeting of the town’s Community Council.

CALA Homes hopes to build on a field which runs along the end of Brighton Road, Ferryfield and Millfield, next to the road to Cupar Muir.

The developer has not yet submitted a planning application to Fife Council but was keen to put forward its ideas to the community council.

CALA believes its proposed development is of a scope and scale that would fit in well with the town.

Among those addressing the meeting was land owner Brian Bayne and planning consultant Tony Thomas, who pointed out the plans included 25 affordable homes.

Mr Thomas said the proposed site “seemed to offer a natural extension to the town”.

He described Cupar North – for which 1400 houses are proposed – as “totally unprecedented” which “may be an unstoppable juggernaut”.

Under CALA’s plans, there would be access from Brighton Road, with a path for pedestrians linking to Ferryfield.

The developers say drivers may be able to link with Millfield, providing an “integrated network”.

A pedestrian / cycling route to the Mill Lade is another possibility, providing a “flat easy walk into the town”.

Community council chairman, Canon Pat McInally, said what was being presented was “quite encouraging”.

A long-time opponent of Cupar North, Canon Pat said he was in favour of smaller sites, such as developing East Road, which would link in with the town and help to support businesses.

Council planning spokesman David Kirk had certain reservations about increased traffic and the unsuitability of Brighton Road for a new junction to the site.

Mr Thomas added the developer wanted to engage with the community at an early stage, take on board any comments and come back to the community council.