Plans to build 100 houses on land at Seamill in Burntisland could lead to “another Toll Park” scenario, according to a local resident.
That was the view expressed by a visitor to the pre-planning public consultation event by Burntisland developer Inchcolm Land Ltd, held in the offices of Hurd Rolland, architects for the proposed scheme, at Rossend Castle on Monday.
The man, who described himself as a Burntisland resident, said the planned development of 100 two to four-bedroomed detached and semi-detached family homes would lead to the loss of “yet more green space just like at the Toll Park.”
However, officials representing Inchcolm Land Ltd. said the development would include parkland and a football pitch, as well as much-needed quality housing for the town.
Mike Rolland of Hurd Rolland said: “There has been a generally positive vibe from most of the people who have been along to the exhibition. People have raised viable questions and expressed their views and these will all be considered, but on the whole there has been positive feedback.”
A woman, who did not want to give her name, told the Press: “We would be losing more green space to housing. This area is well used by local kids playing football or flying kites and it is nice to see them having somewhere like this to play.”
Another visitor added: “There’s a sewage plant down there and the smell in the hot weather is horrible, so to add to that wouldn’t be very pleasant for people living there.”
David Wardrop, planning consultant, said: “Fife is under a huge amount of pressure to find new housing land and it is natural to look for sites within the town boundaries rather than expanding on the outskirts.
“If people live where they have the opportunity to walk into the town centre rather than use their car, they are more likely to do things like shop locally, rather than head elsewhere.”
Visitors to the exhibition were invited to give their feedback through a questionnaire, which officials said would help to develop future plans.
“The earliest there could be a planning application lodged would be the end of September or October,” said Mr Rolland.
Community Council view
Alex MacDonald, chairman of Burntisland Community Council, said its members had not yet had an opportunity to discuss the proposal but would do so at its September meeting, which is open to members of the public.
“What I would say at this stage is we have recently written a letter to Fife Council expressing our concerns about the continuing loss of green space in the town to development, and I believe this would add to this loss,” he said.