Petition opposes plans for housing at Cupar’s Tarvit Drive

Some of the residents and locals opposed to the development. (Photo: Dave Scott)
Some of the residents and locals opposed to the development. (Photo: Dave Scott)

Opposition to plans to build affordable housing close to Tarvit Ponds in Cupar is growing, with organisers of a petition this week reporting widespread backing to their objections.

The petition, among its main points, states that valuable green space outwith the town boundary would be lost and the proposals would impact on community groups and individuals who use the Tarvit Ponds nature area.

It also says that wildlife habitats would be damaged, flooding was a risk and there would be road safety issues with more traffic using Tarvit Drive.

A number of residents met up this week to voice their concerns - particularly about Fife Council’s plan to build 49 houses in the field near St Michaels Drive and Hogarth Drive and which backs on to a path at the main pond.

Kingdom Housing Association wants to build a further 49 social houses on another area of land at Tarvit Farm, beside the Pitscottie Road, which seems less controversial.

John Cunningham, who has lived in the area for 28 years and is a former Fife Council parks department employee, said he had erected the story boards dotted around the ponds and woodland.

A road would have to be created to the side of the children’s play area and he feared for the safety of youngsters.

“There would also be safety issues in Tarvit Drive during the construction phase with heavy lorries using the road,” he added.

Many residents spoke of the abundance of wildlife, such as frogs, hedgehogs bats, birds of prey and voles and how popular Tarvit Ponds was with walkers, from as far afield at Angus.

One neighbour said: “It’s like living halfway between the town and country.”

Tarvit Drive resident Grant Munro believed that a clump of trees would have to be felled to access the site, rather than the three indicated by Fife Council.

Other objectors pointed that there was a rare ice house in the area, and it was believed that a pre-medieval church once occupied the site, which would be of interest to archeologists.

The residents all said they were not opposed to social housing - they were simply against the planned location.