Controversial plans for a sand and gravel quarry at Kinloch Farm near Collessie have been approved on appeal.
The proposed quarry had attracted considerable local opposition – including the creation of a campaign group against the development and a petition signed by hundreds of people – and the application from Laird Aggregates Ltd was initially rejected by Fife Council’s north east Fife area committee in March last year.
However, the applicant appealed against that decision, and Clive Sproule, a reporter appointed by Scottish Ministers to consider the appeal, ruled in favour of the company.
In his report issued this week, he stated that the proposed development, which also includes a ready-mix concrete plant, would be a phased temporary use of land of a scale and nature that, in regard to road safety and local living conditions, would be “compatible with surrounding land uses”.
Mr Sproule acknowledged it was clear that there was considerable local opposition to the development and concerns regarding the potential effects from it.
However, he went on: “Following consideration of all representations in this case, no matters have been found to outweigh the benefits of the appeal scheme.”
His decision to grant planning permission is subject to 48 conditions, relating to issues ranging from noise, dust, pollution and road safety, to the protection of nesting birds.