Kinghorn ‘deserves better’ than flats plan

Councillor Leslie at the Bruce Street site
Councillor Leslie at the Bruce Street site

A Kinghorn councillor has voiced her opposition to controversial plans by Campion Homes for flats in the village’s Bruce Street.

The proposals for a block of 27 flats at the entrance to Kinghorn are due to go before the planning committee on August 19.

Councillor Susan Leslie said that, while there is demand in Kinghorn for affordable housing, the site is too small for the development, and the height and density of the flats is “unsuitable for this site.”

“It is directly beside the conservation area, next to the Ship restaurant and opposite the beautifully restored Kinghorn Town House,” she explained. “This proposal for a modern block is inappropriate and will dominate a prominent site at the entrance to Kinghorn. This site deserves better than a standard block of flats.”

She called for members of the planning committee to visit to see for themselves what the development, being promoted on behalf of Fife Council, involved.

Colin Clunie, who, with neighbours has campaigned against the proposals from the outset, said: “At this stage the views of the local community haven’t changed.

‘We are looking for common sense and compromise to prevail next week when the councillors make their decision.”

As well as a attracting a 150-signature petition, the application has been opposed by the Community Council and Fife Historic Buildings Trust, which described it as “a monstrosity.”