‘Site’ for sore eyes for Tanshall resident

VIEW: Planning amendments as viewed from Alford Drive
VIEW: Planning amendments as viewed from Alford Drive
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PLANNING alterations to a the building of a new residential flats in Tanshall has left one home owner fuming reports, NEIL HENDERSON.

The original plans for four houses and six flat dwellings currently under construction in Cawdor Drive, Tanshall were to reach the very edge Mrs Conn’s home at Alford Drive.

But following agreed proposals to alter the boundary wall and public paths the building work now extends across the front of her property and therefore reportedly restricting light and obscuring the view from the downstairs window.

The Glenrothes Area Planning Committee approved the original plans in February, 2009 allowing Kingdom Housing Association to commence construction.

And it is understood that prior to approval Fife Council neighbour notified those residents adjacent to the site of the intention of a possible new construction.

It is also understood that alterations to the original plans were later agreed in September 2010.

But Mrs Conn is unhappy with the situation and despite the involvement of councillors and Glenrothes MP, Lindsay Roy is now resigned to her having to accept the construction.

She told the Gazette: “The original plans sent to residents didn’t outline that the existing footpaths were to be removed, or that the height of boundary walls were to be six foot high.

“I feel residents have been misled and with the fact that Fife Council are under no obligation to individually inform residents of any alterations or amendments to the construction plans I feel that I have missed my chance to make objections.”

In a letter to Mrs Conn, planning officials confirm that finishing’s such as boundary walls and amendments can be viewed by members of the public (via their website) and that ‘they are under no obligation to engage in public consultation with regard to details submitted for consideration.’

Mrs Conn now wants to highlight the procedures and possible problems so that future residents don’t get caught out by building amendments.

She said: “It’s imperative that you regularly check all the details of any proposed planning or construction online so that you can make objections as there is no third party right of appeal.”