Plea for open minds to revised Kinghorn flats plan

Concerned residents at the site of the proposed flats development.

Concerned residents at the site of the proposed flats development.

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Residents in Kinghorn are being urged to keep an open mind on revised plans for flats in the village’s main street.

Previous plans by house builders Campion Homes and Fife Council to build 27 affordable flats on the gap site on Bruce Street, formerly occupied by Caberfeidh Nursing Home, caused an outcry among the community which described them as “a monstrosity” and “out of character” with their surroundings, on the edge of a conservation area.

A petition was set up which attracted 150 signatures, and Fife Historic Buildings Trust also spoke out, saying that the proposed “monolithic block” would have a detrimental effect on the nearby Town Hall which dates back to the early 19th century.

Now, with new plans set to be unveiled at a drop-in information session in Kinghorn Community Centre on March 4, Councillor Susan Leslie has urged residents to wait until they have seen the new proposals before making up their minds.

“Many residents had raised concerns about the density, mass and appearance of the previously proposed development. There was also a public desire for early engagement about any revised plans,” she explained.

“I have worked with the housing service to ensure that these concerns were taken seriously and the revised plans will be available to the public before any new planning application.

“I hope that people will take the opportunity to view the plans and make comment, but it is important that people go in with an open mind and see what has been possible to do in terms of revising the plans for this site.

“I think there is agreement that the development is needed and rental property is good option for the site but there’s always tension between what is possible and what might be most desirable.”

Christine May, chairman of Fife Historic Buildings Trust, said: “We can’t comment because we haven’t seen the plans yet.

“Nevertheless we would be hoping for a significant revision and improvement. Tinkering around the edges won’t be sufficient to change our opinion.”

The drop-in event on March 4 takes place from 4.30 to 7.30 p.m.