A PROSPECTIVE housing developer is offering Mail readers the chance to register an interest in one of her properties – despite the fact a development has yet to be approved.
Janette Penman, who owns the land at the former Diosynth plant in Buckhaven, is keen for readers to put themselves forward should the plan be rubber stamped by October.
Mrs Penman hopes to build over 60 homes at the site, along with a new residential home and day care facility with sheltered housing units.
She said: “The site is a Brownfield site presently zoned for class four, five and six use categories.
“The development proposal, whilst contrary to the Local Authority Development Plan, will provide much needed provision in both the care sector and also providing affordable homes.
“From the information we have available at present concerning the social housing availability in Buckhaven, the area presently has a waiting list of circa 2000 people waiting on council housing, with only 60 homes being available.
“The current development proposal will provide 64 much needed additional homes, and address the local concerns regarding the unsightly nature of the site which has been vacant since the closure of the Diosynth Complex in 2005.”
The site has recently attracted some controversy after the Mail printed Fife Council claims that Mrs Penman had been “reluctant” to enter into negotiations with it with a view to the authority taking the land over.
The council had earmarked the Diosynth site as being key to the development of a new carbon investment park which would provide a base for companies in the renewable sector, with a £861,000 grant from the European Regional Development Fund already secured for its creation.
Due to her apparent reluctance to discuss the sale, the authority publicly stated that it was considering a compulsory purchase order to ensure it secured the land.
However, Mrs Penman was soon issued with an apology from Fife Council after it was revealed that at no time did any member of the council approach her about the site.
While the council feels the Diosynth site is required as part of a much wider plan to develop employment opportunities in the area, the site owners told the Mail they feel the development of the vacant site for the mixed use proposed would enhance the town boundary and sit comfortably within the existing housing provision in Buckhaven.
The site will offer, they say, residents both in the affordable and care provision sectors access to open space and woodland provision, and also provide close links to existing housing lying to the east.
In June the Mail reported on the proposal, before the council mix up, which followed a public presentation at the Buck ‘n’ Hind pub.
The response from residents was said to have been “very positive”, with locals enthusiastic about the thought of new home provision in Buckhaven.
Further details of the housing proposal, and the form to fill in if you’re interested in the move, can be found at the corner of this page.