Residents’ anger at Cupar cul-de-sac access route plan

The gravel track at the centre of planning controversy in Charles Jarvis Court.
The gravel track at the centre of planning controversy in Charles Jarvis Court.
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A CUPAR property owner says he is ‘saddened’ by a row that has broken out over a controversial planning application.

Residents of Charles Jarvis Court are up in arms over Angus Allan’s plans to create a new access route through their quiet cul-de-sac.

Mr Allan, who owns neighbouring Craigmore in Millgate, wants to knock down part of his boundary wall to create vehicular access to a new three-bedroom bungalow to be built on his land.

Charles Jarvis Court residents are angry at the prospect of increased traffic — including construction traffic — in an area where children play.

HORRIFIED

But Mr Allan has hit back at critics, defending the proposal and insisting he has every right to create the access.

Twenty objections have been posted on Fife Council’s planning website, with opponents describing themselves as ‘furious’ and ‘horrified’ by the application.

One objector, Lin Maclean, wrote: “Charles Jarvis Court has been a safe haven for young families for six years.

“With vehicle access through the cul-de-sac it risks becoming a racetrack and a danger to life.

“Even at the construction stage, in addition to the noise and disruption of the construction of the access, there is the additional danger of large construction vehicles and extra cars in the area.”

Cupar Community Council had also lodged an objection after the issue was raised at its most recent meeting.

But this week the group withdrew its opposition after looking into the case in more detail.

Mr Allan, who recently moved to South Lanarkshire after nearly 20 years in Cupar, said he did not anticipate the storm his application has created.

He told the Fife Herald: “I’m a bit saddened by the whole thing.

“If the wall wasn’t in the conservation area I wouldn’t even need planning consent to knock it down.”

The proposal involves creating a gateway in a boundary fence — next to an electricity substation — that the Charles Jarvis Court residents claim they jointly own.

But Mr Allan says he was granted a deed of servitude by developers Campion Homes allowing him access and egress through Charles Jarvis Court — including the right to demolish the fence.

He added: “Some objectors say there should be unobstructed access to the substation at all times, but others have written that they should be able to park there.

“My point on the issue of road safety is that people are already driving in and out of that track.

“There will be a bit of works traffic but it’s only one house and we would attempt to minimise that.”

Mr Allan, a former schools inspector who bought Craigmore in 1994, was a vehement objector when the Charles Jarvis Court development first came before planners in 2004.

The land was previously home to a Fife Council vehicle depot and central kitchen.

Mr Allan said: “We used to have lovely views before the houses were built.

ANXIOUS

“I deliberately restricted my previous planning application to one house because I wanted it to be in keeping with the conservation area.

“I thought I was doing the right thing by changing to a better access route for the new bungalow, as the transport planners weren’t completely happy with access from Millgate.”

Because the latest application has attracted more than five objections, it will have to be considered by councillors on Fife Council’s north east area committee.

Mr Allan added: “I am slightly anxious about it but I hope the councillors look at the actual planning application, which is just to knock down the wall, and consider the fact I have access rights there anyway.”