D-day for Milldean site campaigners

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

Residents opposing plans to build a controversial housing scheme in west Glenrothes are due to learn if their campaign has been a success.

Councillors will decide today (Wednesday) whether to grant permission for the proposal to build 300 houses on the Milldeans Farm site adjacent to Newcastle precinct.

Residents, who formed the Concerned Newcastle Residents (CNR) group to oppose the application, have campaigned for two years to have the Hallam Land Management Plc plans thrown out.

Having already successfully managed to gain the support of Glenrothes councillors, who threw out the Milldean proposal at each stage when formulating the FifePlan - Fife Council’s obligation to meet the Scottish Government’s housebuilding requirements over the next decade - campaigners have been heartened by planning officers’ recommendation that this application be refused.

“We approach this with a cautious optimism but obviously pleased that planning officers have recommended that the plans be rejected,” Brian Sherrins, CNR chairman told the Gazette.

“The vast majority of Newcastle residents who support our campaign will be comforted by the common sense approach and reasoning in which officers have come to that recommendation,” he added.

“Our serious concerns over the lack of emergency access and the risk of flooding to the site have not, we feel, been addressed.”

The application has also attracted 80 letters of objection which detailed concerns over emergency and vehicle access, risk to flooding , the loss of prime agricultural land and the threat to wildlife within the area.

Members of Fife Council’s central area planning committee will today (Wednesday) consider a 20 page officers’ report detailing the proposal seeking planning permission in principle for approximately 300 houses (including 15 per cent of which are affordable houses) and a 500sq mtr convenience store.

Officers have recommended that councillors refuse permission after outlining several concerns, notably the impact on existing access routes for Newcastle residents.

“The proposal, by virtue of its reliance on a single point of access at the junction between

Rosemount Road and Golf Course Road, would result in a significant adverse impact on the

transport network,” said the report.