Flats issue sparks huge debate in Kinghorn

Colin Clunie, Kinghorn resident presents a petition against the current proposals to Councillor Leslie
Colin Clunie, Kinghorn resident presents a petition against the current proposals to Councillor Leslie

Town’s biggest public meeting in 20 years

Around 200 Kinghorn residents packed into the church hall on Monday night for the largest public meeting seen in the village in over 20 years, to discuss plans for flats on the site of a former nursing home.

And in a heated and voiciferous gathering, the developers Campion Homes and members of Fife Council’s newbuild homes team heard from many locals who voiced their strong feelings about the proposed development of 27 affordable flats with associated parking.

Describing the meeting as “extremely positive and constructive” Councillor Susan Leslie who chaired the meeting said that those leading the project had been left with “a lot to think about.”

She said: “Throughout the meeting every resident who spoke spoke of their desire to see what is right for the future of the village. I was very proud of my constituents for the reasonable, mannerly and articulate way they put forward their views.”

Colin Clunie, a resident who started up a petition against the plans, said: “The stage party could not be left in any doubt whatsoever about the strength of feeling in the Kinghorn community regarding this proposed development and the range of objections that were presented relating to the design, scale, density and proposed location next to the conservation area and on the main road.

“There was no support for the proposed development at all, although the broad consensus was that we wanted to see something developed in the site – just not this poor proposal, and that we had a great opportunity here to do something that enhanced the town for current and future generations.”

Karen Robb, owner of The Ship restaurant right next to the site, added: “Everyone was given an opportunity to air their opinions.

“I am hoping that the developers will redesign its plans to be a good addition to Kinghorn as opposed to the monstrous thing it is at present which overshadows everything else around it.”

Fife historic buildings trust’s board executive has lodged an objection to the proposed development:

“The Executive does not normally make representations on planning applications, but does so on this occasion because the Trust owns the former Kinghorn Town Hall, close to the application site.

We are strongly of the view that the design does not respond to its setting, and that a more contextual approach should be taken to the redevelopment.”