YOU CAN’T BUILD ON BEAUTY SPOT

Tarvit Pond, Cupar
Tarvit Pond, Cupar
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Cupar Community Council is set to tell Fife Council that plans for housing next to the popular beauty spot, Tarvit Ponds, should be scrapped.

Controversial plans for 49 affordable homes in a field which backs on to the ponds were unveiled several months ago by Fife Council.

The local authority has yet to lodge a planning application for the housing but the proposals have sparked fierce opposition from many residents.

Until this week’s meeting of the community council, certain members had expressed their views but no vote had actually been taken.

Andy Collins said the council needed to be “more proactive” and inform Fife Council that it did not want to see any more taxpayers’ money spent to the Tarvit Ponds proposal.

He did not believe that the local authority would turn down a planning application after it had spent “serious money” pursuing development.

Fellow community councillor Robert Graham warned that it would be premature to object at this stage.

“I think we should allow the planning process to take place,” he said.

He pointed out that there was no certainty that the proposed Cupar North development would be able to provide similar homes.

“I would like to hear both sides of the argument.

“We would not be solving anything by sending a letter (to Fife Council).”

He believed they would only be raising expectations for locals opposed to development.

When the community council met in March, Fife councillor Bryan Poole cautioned that any decision on the field near Tarvit Ponds would carry little weight in the absence of a planning application. He said it would be “premature and ill-advised”.

Council secretary Douglas Provan stressed that the ponds were the only official wildlife area in Cupar and they would be “destroyed” with any development.

Members voted 7-6 to oppose any building on the site.