Petition calls on council to reject Cupar North

Ceri Williams with a copy of the petition. (Photo by Dave Scott)

Ceri Williams with a copy of the petition. (Photo by Dave Scott)

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A petition calling on Fife Council not to grant planning permission for the proposed Cupar North development has been launched this week.

It has been drawn up by long-time opponent Ceri Williams, who said he was “very concerned” about the lack of “real information” provided by the Cupar North consortium at the exhibition it mounted in the town last week.

He said there was much to be genuinely worried about, highlighting, for example, the builders were stating they planned to construct 100 houses at a time and only build the bypass as far as those 100 houses.

“This outrageous development needs to be stopped before it ruins Cupar,” he said.

Mr Williams was aware the community council and the business community were opposed to the plan, but politicians needed to be very clear about the community’s feelings.

“It is a developer-led plan that does not follow national planning policy or the policies set out in the Tayplan,” stated the petition.

Cupar North Partnership – the builder behind the proposals – hailed last week’s community consultation a success.

It revealed on Wednesday that more than 600 local residents and community stakeholders were among the first to hear about the early stages of the master plan.

Partnership spokesman, David Wardrop, said: “We are delighted that so many local people gave their own time to attend the events and offer us their thoughts, both positive and negative.

“Public consultation is an important element of the Cupar North development and the more people that engage in the planning process at this early stage, the more we can do to respond to issues raised as we progress our proposals.”

Comments and feedback would be used to shape a more detailed master plan, which would be presented to the community for further discussion early next year.

In the meantime, a series of technical reports will be compiled as a required element of the official planning application process.

Mr Wardrop added: “We are keen to involve the local community every step of the way and have been impressed by the level of feedback so far.”

The deadline for feedback is October 31 and comments can be made through the partnership’s dedicated website, www.cuparnorth.co.uk