Residents remain ‘unconvinced’ by housing plans

The public was given an idea of how the proposed development of Milldeans Farm would look like at an information event.

The public was given an idea of how the proposed development of Milldeans Farm would look like at an information event.

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Residents opposed to a potential housing development in the west of Glenrothes say they remain unconvinced by plans made public this week.

The first details of a proposal by Hallam Land Management to build 300 new homes on the eastern half of the Milldeans Farm site, close to Newcastle precinct, were given a lukewarm response by members of the Concerned Newcastle Residents (CNR).

The group, which has already successfully campaigned to have the site excluded as part of Fife Council’s long-term housing commitments, laid out in the FIFEplan, says none of its original concerns regarding public and emergency access to and from the site, adequate school and health provision, or retail possibilities, had been addressed.

Brian Sherrins, CNR chairman told the Gazette: “This first view of proposals for the Milldeans Farm site didn’t fill me or other residents that I have since spoken to with any confidence.”

“In fact, it has thrown up even more concerns, particularly the very sparse information regarding a proposed emergency access route to any such development, should it go ahead.

“We are seeking a meeting with Fife Council to clarify a number of concerns we have.”

However, a spokesman for for the developer said it had been pleased by the number of residents making the effort to attend the open day and reiterated that all public feedback would be used to help draw up a final proposal, which is expected to be finalised in early 2015.