Huge expansion plans on the cards for Thornton

Thornton could double in size in the next decade
Thornton could double in size in the next decade

The community of Thornton is set to double in size in the next decade, despite more than 100 objections to the building of 900 new houses.

Land which has been earmarked for new homes as part of Fife Council’s FifePlan, an obligation to meet Scottish Government requirements regarding housing demand over the next decade, was agreed by councillors at the area committee.

The plan will now go before the executive committee later this month for approval before the final draft is sent to Holyrood for ratification.

Community groups back in 2014 complained they knew nothing of the plans and, following a recent second public consultation, around 100 objections the plans were lodged by locals and community groups.

Concerns over future school and health provision, impact on road infrastructure, traffic, overcrowding and the threat to wildlife and the environment were all cited.

Councillor Ross Vettraino, who represents Thornton, has said it is vital that locals have direct input into future development plans.

He said: “This plan is likely to change the character of Thornton forever and it’s imperative residents are given the opportunity to work closely with architects, planners and developers to influence the vision for this town.

“Any development plans must have built-in provision for coping with the large increase in population this will inevitably bring.

“A charrette-styled consultation is crucial to any future success.

“This could revitalise the parish, modernise the High Street and bring a range of new opportunities to the Thornton community, but not listening to the people could also see it fail.”

One step nearer to completion of plan

When Fife Council’s executive committee examines the draft FifePlan report later this month, it brings an exhaustive process, which started in 2012, a step closer to being approved by the Scottish Government.

The draft plan, which includes land allocation for housing development across the Fife area, will be assessed by a government-appointed reporter, who will decide on any amendments.

Fife Council is expected to adopt the final plan in August 2016 and base its future house building obligations on it.