‘Milldeans’ planning anger

Milldeans Farm site Newcastle, Glenrothes
Milldeans Farm site Newcastle, Glenrothes

Newcastle residents are angry at revised proposals to build 300 houses at Milldeans Farm - despite original plans having already been rejected.

Glenrothes councillors at August’s Area Committee agreed to back the campaign by the Concerned Newcastle Residents group (CNR) that would have seen a major expansion in west Glenrothes.

Residents successfully campaigned against Hallam Land Management’s plans to build 300 homes from being included in Fife Council’s Fifeplan proposals.

The area committee’s decision has since been approved by the Council’s Executive Committee who agreed to not include the Milldeans Farm proposal in it’s latest Fifeplan draft due to be put out for further consultation in the new year.

But the Gazette can reveal AMEC Environmental and Infrastructure UK Ltd, on the instruction of Hallam Land Management, is intending to submit a formal Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) outlining new plans for the site.

The news has sparked surprise and consternation among campaigners.

Isa Vance from the CNR group said the move has come as a shock, but added that they would continue to fight any such proposals for the site.

“I’m disappointed to hear that the decisions already made after extensive consideration by councillors, as well as the numerous concerns expressed by the public are being ignored by the developer,” said Mrs Vance.

“The original plans held no weight and while we are yet to see any details for this latest attempt to gain planning approval, we would expect the continued support of the town’s councillors considering the views and decisions they have already made.

“We will be monitoring the situation closely.”

A formal planning proposal is expected to be lodged early in the new year.

New proposal would need to address issues

Residents opposed to the original plans to build 300 houses at the Milldeans Farm site say any new plan would need to fully address a host of issues already highlighted including a sufficient road network infrastructure, school and healthcare provision and the provision of retail and or commercial facilities already lacking in the area.

A report to councillors in August advised them to reject the original proposal for inclusion into the Fifeplan.

It stated: ‘‘The site is not included on the basis that there is significant road issues related to the development and that the site is challenging in terms of integration with the rest of Glenrothes and its facilities and services’.