A call by a Scottish Parliament candidate in north-east Fife on planners to re-consider plans for Cupar North has been rejected by the developers.
Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie commented: “When I see the concerns of national organisations, it is obvious such a massive development should not go ahead.
“Communities should grow gradually and not have massive developments such as Cupar North thrust upon them.”
Mr Rennie listed a series of issues he said local residents had contacted him about – over burdening health services, lack of capacity in schools, flood risk, sewerage , and concerns from local shopkeepers about the planned retail park.
He said it seemed as if the proposal was driven by developers and not by local demand.
“I think the planners need to revisit this proposal which has consistently been rejected by residents and local representatives,” Mr Rennie added.
He went on: “It may be appropriate for larger towns and cities to have this scale of housing but it would swamp Cupar and should be removed as a development site.”
He was also not convinced by plans for a relief road: “Recent traffic improvements in Cupar are working well,” he commented.
But the consortium of developers, Persimmon Homes, Headon Developments and Vico Properties, responded vigorously saying that the plan: “aims to deliver a well-planned long-term expansion of Cupar that delivers a range of key benefits to the wider community.”
David Wardrop, planning consultant and spokesman for the Consortium listed those benefits as including a new primary school, land designated for healthcare, an open space network and a a new relief road.
He said: “The Cupar North consortium’s current planning application is based on the principles set out in the approved development plan for the area.
“The additional benefits cannot be delivered as a result of unplanned, incremental development around the town which will only serve to exacerbate the education healthcare and traffic situation to the south of the town.”
The Cupar North Consortium has applied for planning permission in principle to build 1480 houses, retail and business park, hotel, restaurant, petrol station primary school; and a relief road.
Already hundreds of objections to the plan have been lodged with Fife Council.
Those objections come from residents and businesses, although the Association of Businesses in Cupar and District has supported the overall proposals commenting that the plans: “provide a clear vision for the future direction of development in Cupar.”