Concerns over care home plan

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A 40-BED nursing home, retail units and flats could be developed on vacant land near Mountfleurie industrial estate in Leven, despite a local business owner warning the plan could lead to job losses.

The Davidson Baxter Partnership is seeking full planning permission to develop four retail units and five flats and planning permission in principle to develop a 40-bed residential care home, on behalf of the Ramzan brothers.

One of the applicants, Syeed Ramzan, provided additional information about the proposal, commenting on the Fife Direct website: “This is a two-phase development, this planning in principle for the nursing/care home being the second phase.”

He said expected income from the nursing home is essential to justify the estimated £1m cost of developing retail units and flats.

He added: “The need for some sort of small retail facility has been demanded by local residents for a long time and I believe this application will be welcomed by most residents.”

But local businessman Ian Maitland has lodged an objection over the proximity of the proposed residential home to industrial units.

In a letter to Fife Council, he raises concerns that noise from the units, which operate at night and at the weekends, would lead to constant complaints from nearby residents.

He also highlights concerns over the drainage system, which currently serves the industrial site and would be used by new development, saying it is inadequate and warning it can barely cope with current usage.

The letter concludes: “The directors of ITM Engineering and ETM Shotblasting are appealing against this application on the grounds it could have a serious impact on businesses and could lead to loss of jobs.”

A decision on the application is expected to be made in April.