Markinch homes plan made public

Proposed Miller Developments / Homes site at Sappi Road, Markinch
Proposed Miller Developments / Homes site at Sappi Road, Markinch

Plans to build between 150 and 200 new homes on land at the southern end of Markinch have been made public for the first time.

Miller Developments purchased 40 acres of land, formerly owned by Thomas Mitchell Ltd., three months ago and now plan to make preparations ready for a full planning application for housing to be lodged.

Miller Developments sister company - Miller Homes - were brought in to finish the first phase of the development after Thomas Mitchell Homes went bust in 2010.

Miller Developments associate director Colin Graham told the Gazette the company now expect to put a formal planning application before Fife Council late this year or by early spring 2015.

“Should we be granted planning approval in principle then we would look to sell that land on to our sister company Miller Homes,” explained Mr Graham.

“If we don’t encounter any problems then I would expect the first of two phases, that would deliver between 150 to 200 homes, to commence in autumn 2015.”

Mr Graham outlined the company’s plans for the site at the first of a series of public meetings as part of a 12 week public consultation process.

Residents living in homes on the completed part of the site broadly welcomed the plans that would mean development of adjacent land that one homeowner said had been left in a “disgraceful mess”.

Miller Developments is now in the process of redesigning flood risk plans and completing ground assessments ahead of a formal planning application.

The company will also conduct a leaflet drop throughout Markinch next week and are hosting the first of two workshops to be held at the Laurel Bank Hotel on June 27- 28, where the public and view current plans and question Miller Developments staff about the site plans.