Cupar council set to debate Tarvit housing plans

The site of the proposed Fife Council housing development at Tarvit Farm. (Photo by Dave Scott)
The site of the proposed Fife Council housing development at Tarvit Farm. (Photo by Dave Scott)

A large turnout of objectors is expected at next Tuesday night’s meeting of Cupar Community Council when controversial planning applications for social housing at Tarvit Farm will be discussed again.

Residents in the Tarvit Drive, St Michaels Drive and Hogarth Drive are particularly concerned about Fife Council’s plan to build 49 affordable homes in a field which backs on to the Tarvit Ponds nature area.

They fear any development could drive away wildlife and ruin the popular woodland walk.

Kingdom Housing Association hopes to erect another 49 social houses on land near the Pitscottie road.

Residents opposed to the proposals have organised a petition and will be seeking signatures in the town tomorrow.

They have also produced ‘Say No to Tarvit Development’ badges.

It is believed that moves may be afoot to form some sort of ‘Friends of Tarvit Ponds’ group to protect the area.

Community council planning spokesman David Kirk said this week that the Cupar council had yet to reach a majority view on the proposals.

Giving his personal view, he said the town needed affordable housing.

The planning case for the Tarvit proposals, he said, depended upon specific local plan policies which provided for ‘edge of settlement’ developments of affordable housing which were ‘modest, limited scale. “Seen in relation to the local Tarvit neighbourhood, the impact of the two proposed developments, a total of 98 new houses, cannot fairly be described as of a ‘modest, limited scale.’

“Better sites for affordable housing development could be found within the designated area of Cupar North.

“Fife Council should enter into discussion with the development consortium with a view to expediting the availability of early serviceable sites which are not dependent on the provision of the relief road or other major infrastructures.”

Tarvit Ponds, he added, was an “exceptional ‘green’ asset” which should be expanded beyond the Tarvit Ponds and children’s play area.

He thought a ‘Friends of Tarvit Green’, could promote the area and secure grants to buy and landscape the area.

“It could contain informal sit-out spaces and expand the path network.“

Next Tuesday’s meeting is at 7pm in the County Hall.