Grange Road plan approved

The site to the west of Grange Road in Burntisland which has been earmarked for housing
The site to the west of Grange Road in Burntisland which has been earmarked for housing

CONTROVERSIAL plans for 37 new homes in Burntisland have been given the go-ahead.

Councillors agreed the recommendation for approval given by Council planners and gave the thumbs up to building a housing development to the west of Grange Road - despite some objections from locals.

The proposals came under scrutiny at yesterday’s (Wednesday) Kirkcaldy area committee over no direct pedestrian access to the site, concerns about the road layout, undersized gardens and the density of the housing scheme.

The developer, Deveron Homes Ltd, asked for planning permission for 37 houses with car parking.

Their application comes a year after a previous application for 40 houses was refused by the area committee.

In a report, which went before members, planners suggested six of the properties be used for affordable housing and recommended Deveron be asked to pay £155,000 towards a new secondary school in Kirkcaldy, given that the development would result in an expected increase in the population.

But this was questioned Councillor George Kay who wanted to know why this money was being spent on a new school in Kirkcaldy, when it should be benefiting locals in Burntisland.

He said: “This is not part of Kirkcaldy, this is a separate community and it’s important if an amenity is lost to that community, there should be reparation made to that community and not to a new school in Kirkcaldy east.”

Councillor Ron Edwards said: “There is no access for pedestrians through the site. If you live in a house on the north east corner of the site you have to go all the way round the outside road, there is no direct route through the scheme.”

The planning authority had raised concerns with the developer about the scheme layout as some of the plots appeared squashed and too close to the boundaries with Grange Farm Mews. The plans were amended as a result.

Councillor Neil Crooks moved the application be approved with added conditions safeguarding the road layout, lighting and pedestrian access. This was seconded by councillor Susan Leslie and the plans were given the go-ahead.