Mixed reaction to Leuchars houses plan

TS EN 18/07/2011. LEUCHARS, FIFE: William McGregor of Leuchar's Butchers. The UK Coalition Government has announced the withdrawal of the RAF from Leuchars as part of cuts in defence spending.
TS EN 18/07/2011. LEUCHARS, FIFE: William McGregor of Leuchar's Butchers. The UK Coalition Government has announced the withdrawal of the RAF from Leuchars as part of cuts in defence spending.
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Proposals to build 140 houses in Leuchars were unveiled at a public display held in the Henderson Hall this week.

The company behind the plans, Bett Homes, have submitted a planning application for the development at Dovecot Field and on Tuesday the public got the chance to look at the scheme.

Ninety eight of the houses would be put up for sale with the remaining 42 becoming available for rent in conjunction with Kingdom Housing Association.

And if the scheme is given the green light, construction work at the site could get under way as early as April.

Outline planning permission for the site was granted in November 2009, subject to 30 per cent of the properties being available as affordable housing.

Six different house styles are proposed with prices ranging from £140,000 to £240,000.

However, there was a mixed reaction from members of the public who turned up at the display.

Eyebrows were raised that the developers had included the soon-to-be-closed RAF base in a display highlighting the village’s attractions.

One local resident was also shocked to see a picture of her house included in one of the displays which also wrongly described Leuchars as a town.

One resident told the Citizen: “I do think we need housing in Leuchars but I’m not so sure this is the answer.

“There are houses available just now in the village that don’t seem to be selling and they cost a lot less than these new houses will be.

“There is still a lot of uncertainty in Leuchars since the announcement that the RAF is to move out.”

Leuchars Community Council held a meeting in December with Campbell Black, a representative of the developer.

Concerns were raised at the meeting that the number of houses had been increased to 140 from the original figure of 125 and the impact the development might have on the local infrastructure.