No rush over major Kirkcaldy development

The site of the proposed development in east Kirkcaldy
The site of the proposed development in east Kirkcaldy

COUNCILLORS are refusing to be rushed into making a decision on a major devlopment which could transform the east of Kirkcaldy.

The proposed five-phase development, covering 135 acres at Kingslaw – north of the Boreland and to the east of Rosslyn Street – features over 1000 new homes, supermarkets and retail units, a care home, hotel, primary school, sports and leisure facilities, parks and play areas, community facilites, and new roads and transport infrastructure.

The application was submitted by Edinburgh-based Kingdom Park Ltd in June 2010, with Fife Council planners working with the applicants on various aspects of the plans over the past two years.

Members of the Kirkcaldy Area Committee were this week presented with a 50-page report seeking planning permission in principle for the mixed use

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development which would take 20 years to complete.

But having had the report for just a few days, they decided to postpone a decision and hold a special meeting to consider the application in more detail, probably in August.

Councillor Neil Crooks (Labour, Kirkcaldy North) said: “It could be one of the biggest things to happen to Kirkcaldy in the next 20 years. There is a lot of detail here and this is such a big issue it warrants greater scrutiny.

“We’ve only had this report in our hands for a short time. In order to make sure we are confident in our decision we should be spending quality time looking at this.”

Council officers from education and transport attended the committee meeting yesterday (Wednesday) to answer councillors’ questions on the development, and case officer Elspeth Cook explained much of the work which had gone into preparing the report.

But councillors, while praising the quality of information provided and the work of planning officers, simply believed there was so much information to take in they required more time to consider it all.

Councillor David Ross (Labour, Kirkcaldy North) said: “This is a huge issue for the development of the town.

“Some of the issues for me are how it relates to the development of the whole of east Kirkcaldy, education, in terms of both primary and secondary schools, and medical facilities, and I still have concerns regarding transportation and roads.”

Councillor Kay Carrington (Labour, Kirkcaldy East) added: “It wouldn’t harm the application to put it back a few weeks when it has been around since 2010.”

Further presentations and workshops involving councillors and officers are now likely before a special meeting is held to consider the application.

If councillors do approve the application, planning permission would be subject to a legal agreement. And the application is only in principle at this stage.

Should the development go ahead, it will be split into five phases, the first expected to take place between 2015 and 2019. This phase – Kingslaw Village – would include a neighbourhood centre with retail units and a supermarket, 227 homes, a care home, open space, play area and civic space.

Phase two – Meadow Neighbourhood – would feature 257 homes, 15,000 square metres of open space and a new access road from Randolph Road. This phase is also scheduled for between 2015 and 2019.

Phase three – Burnside Neighbourhood – would feature 110 homes, a hotel, retail units, petrol station, leisure facilities, play area and a new access roundabout from Mitchelston. It is intended to take place between 2017 and 2022.

Phase four – Lomond Park Neighbourhood – scheduled for between 2018 and 2022, includes 266 homes, a primary school, sports pitches and play areas and community greens.

And phase five – The Avenue Neighbourhood – would feature 228 homes, and further open space and play areas, and is intended to take place between 2021 and 2027.