More housing mooted for Tarvit Drive area

The play area near the proposed access to the site.
The play area near the proposed access to the site.

Cupar could be in line for further housing development in the Tarvit area, with Fife Council now putting forward plans for a scheme which is still very much at a discussion stage.

A presentation was given last week to members of the town’s community council for a development which, if approved, would see housing built to the south of Tarvit Drive.

It was felt by the community council that the draft proposals lacked too much detail. There was also some confusion with other plans outlined last autumn by Kingdom Housing Association for another development, at Tarvit Farm, nearby.

There were fears that the Fife Council housing could see the loss of part of a play area at Tarvit Drive and possibly paths around Tarvit Pond - popular with walkers and nature lovers.

It is understood that a few trees - not covered by preservation orders - would have to be felled to make way for housing.

Fife Council technical property adviser Jake Poole admitted afterwards that there had been some confusion with the Kingdom plans and he had offered to go back to the community council when more information and images were available.

Fife Council, he added, now planned to send letters to households neighbouring the site, hold a public consultation event and to continue to engage with the community council.

Kingdom hopes to secure planning permission for 49 affordable homes in Pitscottie Road, to the east of Tarvit Drive.

If consent is approved, the association hopes to start construction next year, with completion in 2017.

The association outlined its plans to the community council last October, with members being told that there was huge demand for affordable housing in Cupar, with 1550 applications on a Fife housing register

Locals had a chance to discuss the proposals when the association held a drop-in consultation event in November.