Self-sustaining community plans refused

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Plans to build a self-sustaining eco community on the lower slopes of the Binn Hill above Burntisland have been rejected by councillors.

Members of Fife Council’s central area planning committee turned down an application to build 12 residential units and a bunkhouse at Dodhead on Wednesday as it would not fit in with the local landscape.

The plans were submitted by the Sustainable Communities Initiative, based in Kinghorn and included a visitors centre.

It would have been a demonstration project of a low energy project.

The proposals included 12 ‘earthship’ houses, similar to the SCI’s visitor centre at Kinghorn Loch, and a straw bale bunkhouse, offering tourist and study accommodation.

Planning officers recommended the application be refused as the design of the development did not respect the landscape in Burntisland.

The report stated that “the proposals represent a laudable attempt to plan and create a sustainable, practical community at the edge of Burntisland that would create jobs, a learning centre and a self-sustaining community agriculture scheme.”

Councillors followed the recommendation and refused the planning application.