New concerns over Coaltown of Balgonie housing plans

Cllr Ross Vettraino at the site
Cllr Ross Vettraino at the site

A leading councillor has joined residents in voicing concerns over plans to build 24 new social housing dwellings in Coaltown of Balgonie.

Ross Vettraino has echoed the worries already aired by residents at a public meeting held in January, about the design of the houses and their impact on the community including access, parking and the impact a large number of incoming residents would have on the existing infrastructure of Coaltown.

Fife Council wants to build on former National Coal Board owned land adjacent to homes in lady Nina Square as part of a move to tackle the shortage of Council-owned housing stock in the region.

“The original proposal was to build, two four bedroom homes, one five bed, one six bed and a seven bed home,” Mr Vettraino told the Gazette.

“The proposal has now been amended to provide, two four bedroom homes, one five bed and a six bed. I believe that this could still be too many bed spaces for this site.

“The proposed site can only be accessed via a street where there is already a problem with traffic.”

“I have expressed my concerns to the council officer responsible for designing the development.”

A number of residents living close to the proposed site say that Council planners have not gone far enough in addressing the issues raised in January and are calling for a further meeting to discuss ongoing concerns.

The Gazette understands Fife Council officials don’t anticipate any further changes to the proposals and are to move ahead with plans to lodge a formal planning application.

Residents say a number of technical issues have still to be answered including the question of water pressure.

“I am also troubled by the concern that is being expressed by residents in nearby Lady Nina Square, about the local water supply,” said Mr Vettraino.

“Sites such as this must be developed sensibly and sensitively andmust have regard for the views of the local community.”