Boost in fight to stop new Glenrothes housing plans

Milldeans Farm site Newcastle, Glenrothes
Milldeans Farm site Newcastle, Glenrothes

Residents in Newcastle have received a boost in the fight to stop plans to build 300 new houses on farm land adjacent to existing homes.

Members of the Concerned Newcastle Residents group, (CNR) handed in a petition to members of the Glenrothes Area Committee recently, containing 330 signatures of local residents opposed to the plans.

At the same meeting, councillor unanimously backed the decision to oppose the new homes proposal for the Milldeans Farm site close to Newcastle precinct as part of Fife Council’s Local Develepment Plan to build 7,890 homes in the region by 2024.

Members of the area committee agreed to back the residents campaign because the site threatens coalescence between Glenrothes and Leslie, inadequate access and road provision and that priority should be given to brown field sites over greenfield land.

CNR members have been further boosted with support from Glenrothes politicians Tricia Marwick MSP and Lindsay Roy MP in their bid to stop the site being approved.

Some 67 letters of objection were lodged during the first round of consultation, including from Willie Rennie, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

Brian Sheerins, CNR chairman said the Newcastle residents objection to the housing plans was overwhelming, Of the 50 per cent of home owners contacted before the consultation closed 93 percent opposed the plan to build 300 new homes.

“We have a long way to go but we have completed our first objective which was to make as many people in Newcastle precinct aware of the threat to community that the lack of planning and infrastructure would bring if the housing proposal was allowed to go ahead,” said Brian.

Site proposals to come before Area Committee

Campaigners have been buoyed by the confirmation received this week that any futre proposal for the Milldeans Farm site will come before the Glenrothes Area Committee, prior to any approval for the site being given,

The 67 letters of objection will be considered and will help influence the updated Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Guidance which is programmed to be reported to Glenrothes Area Committee in 2014.