Crail housing plan rejected

Alan Barrie wanted to build affordable homes like this development elsewhere
Alan Barrie wanted to build affordable homes like this development elsewhere

Planning permission for 48 affordable terraced houses in Crail has been rejected unanimously by councillors.

Alan Barrie had applied for consent to build the houses on land next to Pinkerton Farm, Balcomie Road and while many members of north east planning committee expressed support for affordable housing in general, the proposals were rejected, notably on the grounds of over-development.

During a lengthy discussion, it was revealed the affordable houses would be considerably smaller than similar types in that sector.

Planning officials had recommended conditional approval, despite objections from 64 individuals,concerning issues such as traffic and parking, lack of open space, lack of employment opportunities and the impact on local schools.

Council case officer, Sharon Dorward explained the application was for three and two-storey houses under the National Housing Trust Initiative. The units would be developed and sold into a limited liability partnership, involving the Scottish Futures Trust, Fife Council and Stewart Milne Homes, for the letting phase.

She said the Council’s housing and neighbourhood services had confirmed the scheme met the requirements of affordable housing policy.

Refusal was moved by Councillor Donald Macgregor who, among his points, said the houses were below average size, while the development itself would have increased the population of Crail by 10 per cent.

He also said there had been no community engagement.

His motion was seconded by fellow member Councillor Elizabeth Riches.