Traffic concerns put housing plan on hold

South Road in Cupar.
South Road in Cupar.
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PLANS to create a development of 34 houses on the site of a former cash and carry warehouse in Cupar have been put on hold amid continuing concerns about traffic safety in the surrounding area.

Ceres-based Landbank Estates Ltd. had applied for permission to build 22 terraced houses and 12 flats in South Road, along with an access road and car parking for 70 vehicles.

But members of north east Fife area committee agreed to continue their consideration and pay a visit to the site after local councillors highlighted worries about the impact on the traffic on what is already a busy thoroughfare.

SPEED

Local residents were due to meet on Wednesday night as part of an ongoing campaign to have the speed limit in South Road reduced to 20mph.

A number of objections had been received to the application, including one from Cupar Community Council.

Apart from the issue of road safety, concerns included the development’s possible impact on air quality; the possibility of an increased flood risk and the and the impact of the proposed two-storey buildings on the existing bungalows in St Michael’s Drive.

The site has lain derelict and overgrown since the former Martex cash and carry business was demolished in 2006.

While commenting that the site’s development was ‘long overdue’, Councillor Bryan Poole said it would be irresponsible to make a decision without properly taking into consideration the concerns already raised by people living in South Road.

Councillor Margaret Kennedy moved continuation on the grounds of traffic management and road safety issues, flooding risk and proximity to St Michael’s Drive.

ISSUES

But she added that ‘not too much store’ should be given to the long-awaited redevelopment of the Tesco complex, as it looked increasingly unlikely to go ahead.

Councillor Karen Marjoram also felt that sustainable issues had not been considered such as the quality of the footpaths and safe routes to school.

Fife Council’s planning officials had recommended approval of the application on condition that the developer pays an education contribution of £47,250 and provide seven affordable homes.

Councillor Donald Lothian moved approval of the application, but failed to find a seconder.