Good turnout for builders’ consultation on Cupar plan

Planning consultant David Wardrop (left), with visitors Brian and Liz Murray. (Photo by Dave Scott)
Planning consultant David Wardrop (left), with visitors Brian and Liz Murray. (Photo by Dave Scott)
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A consortium’s outline ideas for the controversial Cupar North development , which could see 1400 houses built, were on display in the town’s Corn Exchange yesterday and Wednesday.

The Cupar North Partnership held the well-attended event to gather locals’ views ahead of a further and more detailed consultation, around the end of January.

The event was hosted by the developers and senior members of the design team, including consultants covering master planning, transport, landscape and engineering matters.

Jim Kirkpatrick, managing director of Persimmon Homes East Scotland Ltd, said this week: “Following discussions with Cupar and District Community Council and Fife Council, we are delighted to now engage in a broader discussion with the local community on the key issues in relation to the expansion of Cupar.”

He added that the preliminary information would provide a framework for discussions between the community and the consortium.

“We are keen to gain a clear understanding of the matters which are important.”

Consortium planning consultant David Wardrope, speaking at Wednesday’s event, said it had agreed to Cupar Community Council’s “sensible request” to allow the consultation period to be extended to the end of January, recognising how big and important the project was.

Visitors learnt that sustainability would be the key design factor in the masterplan, along with affordable housing.

It was also made clear that, given the scale of the proposed development, an environmental statement would be required along with the planning application. The statement would consider a range of environmental issues, including flood risk, landscape ecology, noise and air quality.

Concept drawings showed possible areas zoned for housing, green space, a new primary school, community facilities and a large commercial / retail estate, east of the town - on the northern side of the main Cupar - St Andrews road. It is expected that the partnership will submit its planning application, seeking consent in principle, around March.