Plans take shape for major town expansion

A bypass or relief road would run through countryside north of the town.
A bypass or relief road would run through countryside north of the town.

A controversial ‘masterplan’ that would see a massive development built to the north of Cupar is gaining momentum.

The consortium behind the proposed Cupar North development is currently carrying out a site investigation and will submit an application for planning permission in principle in a few weeks’ time.

The consortium – which comprises Persimmon Homes, Headon Developments and VICO Properties – says it is making ‘important progress’ and that the feedback from community groups in Cupar has been ‘excellent’.

Around 600 people turned up to a consultation event last Thursday and a second is planned for the end of April.

David Wardrop, planning consultant for Cupar North, said: “We will provide a summary of the points made on the night and distribute this ahead of our second public consultation event. We are delighted with the progress made to the master plan and the response from community groups has been excellent, any feedback at this stage will help us in formulating a plan that is attractive to the town.”

Last Thursday’s consultation event took the form of workshops, with representatives from Cupar Community Council, ABCD, Cupar in Bloom, Sustainable Cupar, Castlehill and Kilmaron Schools’ parent councils, Cupar and North East Fife Preservation Society and Friends of Adamson Hospital taking part in discussion on matters arising from an event held last October.

The Cupar North concept has divided local opinion since it was first mooted in 2005.

Plans were put on the back burner during the recession but were resurrected two years ago.

The proposal includes some 1400 homes; a relief road to the north of Cupar; a new primary school; community and retail facilities and recreational green space.

The development would occupy some 120 hectares of land that has been earmarked for development in TAYplan and the Local Plan, blueprints for the future of the area over the next 20 years.

Following the site study, a detailed masterplan will be prepared using technical assessments on issues such as transport, ecology and flood risk along with comments from the local community.

An environmental assessment has already been carried out at the request of Fife Council.

Land at Gilliesfaulds, on the edge of the proposed boundary, does not form part of the same application.

Meanwhile the Cupar North consortium has set up a website ,, to allow the community to read more about the plans and the developers involved as well as leave comments.

The date of the next community consultation event will be advised in due course.