Villagers say ‘no’ to new housing plans

Members of Kingsbarns Environmental Action Group presented a petition to Fife Council in June, opposing plans for housing in the village. (Photo by Fife Photo Agency)
Members of Kingsbarns Environmental Action Group presented a petition to Fife Council in June, opposing plans for housing in the village. (Photo by Fife Photo Agency)
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New plans for a housing development in Kingsbarns have been rejected once again by local campaigners, who say they feel let down by the planning process.

Ogilvie Homes applied to Fife Council earlier this year for permission to build another 21 houses opposite its existing 22-home development in the village.

Now amended plans have been submitted, for just 18 new homes, on a slightly small area of land.

But Kingsbarns Environmental Action Group continues to oppose the application, telling Fife Council: “We, as a community, feel very much let down in the sense that our needs and wishes as a community have been completely ignored during the process of the building of the first development.

“We see no reason why this will not apply to the current planning application.”

The group adds: “The impact on the environment of this current application would be to change Kingsbarns from a rural, conservation village to basically a few old houses tacked on to two new developments.”

The group sumbitted a 200-signature petition to Fife Council when the original application was lodged, fearing for the future of the historic village.

The group’s Kate Holy explained: “Kingsbarns is an extremely small village and we kept this petition small and local in order that Fife Council can see the extent of the local resistance to this application.”

In its most recent submission the group said: “Should planning permission be granted for this application, extending the development site Fife [Council] would be going against its own policies on this site which could not have been stated more clearly over the past eight years.

The group also raised concerns about the size of the houses proposed,stating: “This development will be completely out of keeping, not only with the development that is currently being built, but, more significantly, with the original village of Kingsbarns.

“This is one of the first conservation villages in Fife, and this will bring an executive, managerial type of housing to the village which is completely inappropriate.

“We ask Fife Council to take full account of our views at this crucial planning stage,” the group added, warning that as objectors it would have no right of appeal over the decision.