Controversial plans for housing next to a popular nature area in Cupar have taken a step forward with consultants for the proposed developers holding an exhibition in the town next week.
Thomson Homes and Fife Council have earmarked a field at Tarvit Home Farm for 49 affordable houses, which would back on to Tarvit Ponds, a noted haven for wildlife.
The house builder’s agent is to host a consultation event in the Corn Exchange on Wednesday (29th), from 2pm to 8pm, as part of the planning process, prior to lodging a formal application with the local authority.
Outline details of the proposals were revealed by Fife Council several months ago, when a presentation was given to members of Cupar Community Council.
It sparked an immediate protest from residents in the Tarvit Drive, St Michaels Drive and Hogarth Drive areas, angered at the threat to the flora and fauna in and around the ponds and nature walk.
A well-supported petition organised by the householders stated that valuable green space outwith the town boundary would be lost and and fauna in and around the ponds and nature walk.
A well-supported petition organised by the householders stated that valuable green space outwith the town boundary would be lost and that the proposals would impact on community groups and individuals who used the nature area.
In the spring, more than a 100 residents took their case to the community council which agreed,, after a vote at a later meeting, to ask Fife Council to scrap plans for any housing affecting the ponds site.
It was also revealed a few months ago that the ponds had received public funding of almost £20,000.
The most recent grant was awarded less then three years ago when the ponds were dredged.
A spokesman for Tarvit residents said this week: “Anyone who cares about Cupar should think hard about the implications of this proposal. The development, on what was Tarvit parkland, would be entered via Tarvit Drive and the edge of Tarvit Ponds, and would cut off this valued natural area from the iconic steadings building, effectively destroying the last remnant of the historic Tarvit Estate. I would urge residents to attend and make known their concerns.”
Bob Salter, director of Geddes Consulting, Edinburgh, acting for Thomson Homes, said his firm would be sending two representatives. The event, he added, would give the public a chance to see what the plans comprised and discuss any issues of particular concern.
“It will give us an opportunity to pick up on the matters raised.”
Planning permission for a similar number of affordable houses off Pitscottie Road has already been approved.