Developer wins appeal to build 48 houses in Crail

An architect's drawing of part of the Crail development
An architect's drawing of part of the Crail development
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A planning appeal relating to a highly controversial site in Crail, involving the construction of 48 affordable terraced houses, has been successful.

Stewart Milne Homes lodged the appeal on the grounds of Fife Council’s “non-determination” of the application.

Last summer, members of the north east planning committee unanimously rejected the proposal for the site, at Caraille Green, Dorward Drive.

An apparent delay in the Council setting out the official reasons for refusal meant Milne Homes lodged an appeal with the Scottish Government.

Reporter Richard Dent - who visited the site before Christmas - concluded: “All-in-all, I believe that the design and layout of the proposed development to be acceptable.

“Along with my earlier conclusions that the principle of development is also acceptable and the level of affordable housing supportable, I reach the overall conclusion that the proposal would accord with the development plan.”

Various objections had not persuaded him to “set aside my conclusion that planning permission should be granted.”

Mr Dent has attached 14 conditions.