Angry Kinghorn residents say the first they knew about plans to build flats on the site of a former nursing home was when they read about it in the Fife Free Press!
And they have slammed the town’s Community Council, developers and local councillors for not making more people aware of the proposals.
Colin Clunie, from Abden Avenue, said he came back from holiday to read about the planning application to build 27 flats in a three storey block on the site of the former Caberfeidh Nursing Home, in his Press. And he said many of his neighbours were the same.
“There was no neighbour notification and we hadn’t heard anything about this. I discovered that the developer had been invited along to a meeting of the Community Council to let people know about its plans, but this was not widely advertised in Kinghorn so that more people could go along,” he said.
Mr Clunie has written to the Community Council voicing his concerns.
“As soon as the Community Council and the councillors were made aware of this proposed development, they should have been doing everything in their power to escalate it to the residents to seek their opinions. There wasn’t even a knock at the door and it reflects very poorly on the so called statutory consultation process that is intended to allow residents the opportunity to comment on planning applications.
“This proposal which will fundamentally alter the townscape and residential amenity of Kinghorn, requires more extensive consultation and review than has been allowed so far.”
Elinor Chalmers, of Abden Avenue, added: “I would have expected a development of this scale to have been widely advertised in Kinghorn, with the opportunity for full public consultation. There were only 10 members of the public from around 3000 Kinghorn residents at the meeting.”
Chris Mitchell, chairman of the Community Council said the meeting with the developers happened before the application was lodged and had been advertised on the agenda in the community centre and the town’s notice board.
“We are aware of the concerns and will be responding to this. The application has just gone in to the Council and people can still respond to it. We will be discussing it further at our August meeting.”