Face-to-face refusal over Tantallon plans

Fife Council's Bankhead House offices in Tantallon Avenue
Fife Council's Bankhead House offices in Tantallon Avenue
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Housing officers responsible for the controversial social housing proposal at Tantallon Avenue have declined an invitation to address residents.

Pittuechar, Stenton and Finglassie Community Council (PSFCC) made the offer a meeting housing officers to discuss the public’s concerns.

There has been widespread anger from residents living in the vacinity of the proposed development with over 230 people having already signed petitions against the plans, which they claim will also build on land traditionally used by children as a play area.

Peter Scobie, PSFCC chairman said the refusal was “extremely disapointing”.

“We made the offer in good faith and were hoping that officers would be able to clarify many of the concerns already raised, officers attended a similar public meeting to discuss a proposal in Coaltown of Balgonie, so why not in Pitteuchar,” said Mr Scobie.

The Gazette can confirm that a revised proposal has increased the amount of parking spaces from 17 to 22 while the number of dwellings has increased by one to 11.

Fife Council has confirmed a formal planning application for the development is now imminent.

Derek Muir, head of housing and neighbourhood services, said: “It may be more beneficial for us to attend a public meeting once the planning application has been lodged, if people still felt that this would be useful.

“That way we can discuss a live planning application in more detail and clarify any queries regarding the proposal.”