Cupar North could benefit the town if sustainable principles were incorporated into the development.
This is the view of the chair of Sustainable Cupar, Andy Collins, who said this week that it would only happen if the town had a vision for its future and put pressure on Fife Council and the developers.
“This approach would be a win / win situation for Cupar. We either get a development that benefits the town, or it is too difficult to achieve the vision and Cupar North is scrapped.”
Mr Collins said it was too late to prevent Cupar North from proceeding “just by saying we don’t want it, because that battle has already been lost.”
Sustainable Cupar, he said, were the only organisation that pushed hard for roundabouts at the war memorial to ease congestion when the farmers’ market was in town.
“The developers have also shown a willingness to listen and have taken on board our suggestion that a greenway should be constructed around the existing housing, which will ensure that the new housing does not impose itself on existing gardens.
“This greenway would also form a vital part of the links from Cupar North into the town.
“If Cupar North is to benefit the town and not increase congestion, this will involve changes to the existing roads in the town and these changes need to be built into the master plan.”
Time was running out, he said, to influence the master plan, which was expected to be produced around March next year.
“It is to be hoped that the newly-elected Community Council will take the threat of Cupar North seriously and establish a forum which can develop a vision that incorporates the views of all stakeholders in the town.
“In the meantime, Sustainable Cupar will continue to do what it can, but without the backing of the Community Council our influence is limited and the developers will be free to build as they wish.”
Sustainable Cupar has produced draft comments following the recent exhibition staged in Cupar’s Corn Exchange by the consortium of developers, who displayed several boards.