Newcastle residents are anxiously awaiting the outcome of months of campaigning against housing plans that could double the population in the area.
A proposal by Hallam Land Management to build 300 houses on the Milldeans Farm, provoking widespread concern among residents, is to be discussed by councillors at Glenrothes area committee today, (Wednesday).
The development is one of a number from across the Glenrothes area to be considered as part of the local authority’s FIFEplan Proposed Local Development Plan designed to provide for housing demands for the next decade.
Those opposed to the plans have been buoyed by a report to the area committee advising councillors to not recommend the site at Milldeans Farm for inclusion in the proposed plan.
Following the announcement to build on the Milldeans Farm site, residents formed the Concerned Newcastle Residents Group, (CNR) to fight off the proposal.
Campaigners said the plans did not include improvements in road infrastructure, nor did it cater for increased demands in healthcare, education or retail requirements that would come if the plans were approved.
As well as a 330 signature petition presented to councillors, a consultation process received 66 objections including one from Willie Rennie, Dunfermline and West Fife MP and leader of the Liberal democrats in Scotland.
Brian Sherrins from CNR gave the report’s findings a cautious welcome.
“That the report advises councillors not to accept the proposals for Newcastle must be welcomed but until we have clear confirmation that the development has been scrapped we’ll continue to monitor the situation,” Mr Sheerins told the Gazette.
“The people of Newcastle have given a clear indication that they are opposed to this development going ahead and councillor in Glenrothes are fully aware of that.”