No go for housing plan at Diosynth

Councillor Andrew Rodger
Councillor Andrew Rodger

Councillors have agreed to recommend to refuse a planning application for housing at the former Diosynth site in Buckhaven.

At the central planning committee meeting last week, after some discussion, councillors agreed unanimously to recommend the refusal to Fife Council. The application will now go before the full council at a future meeting and the recommendation will be taken in to account.

Applicant Janette Penman has asked for planning permission in principle for a care facility and housing on the land at the Muiredge Industrial Estate.

However, councillors were asked to refuse the application on the grounds that it was significantly contrary to the Development Plan for the area.

Before agreeing to refuse, Councillor Andrew Rodger called for more consistency when considering planning applications in the area.

“I feel like this Council should lead by example,” he said. “You see what has happened at the Checkbar Road in Coaltown of Wemyss, yet this application has been knocked on the head. We need to have consistency when considering planning applications, and I just don’t see it in this report.”