Cala carpark row in Aberdour resolved by planning review decision

A row over a car park for construction workers built at the request of Fife Council and then refused by the authority has finally been resolved.
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An appeal lodged by Cala Homes has been upheld, drawing a line under the row.

The company is currently working on a major 85-home development, Incholm Green, on the edge of Aberdour. As a condition for planning approval , it was required to widen Main Street along the front of the site.

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Council officials then requested provision of the temporary car park to mitigate the loss of on street parking whilst work was underway.

The entrance to the new development in Aberdour (Pic: Google Maps)The entrance to the new development in Aberdour (Pic: Google Maps)
The entrance to the new development in Aberdour (Pic: Google Maps)

But when the developer lodged a retrospective application, it was refused, sparking bewilderment in the town, and leading to an appeal to the local authority’s planning review body which was heard on Monday when councillors formally overturned the original, delegated decision to close the temporary car park adjacent to the development on the village’s Main Street.

The company said it needed the space because there was no designated parking nearby, and there was “a sense of disbelief” among residents because at the decision - as the site develops, it means workers will have no option but to leave their cars in busy nearby streets.

The car park will can now remain on site until up to December 2025 after which the site will be reinstated to its previous use.

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Steven Cooper, planning manager at Cala Homes (East) said: “We certainly welcome the decision Fife’s Planning Review Body has reached. Cala has always tried its best to be co-operative and upfront with sensitive community issues such as this, so we’re delighted to have had a positive outcome.“Our role as a responsible developer is to assess what impact we may have on communities, and how we can minimise any disruptions locals may be concerned about during our projects – the car park is a great example of that. The temporary car park not only facilitates the contractors on site, but has also helped residents to free up space on Main Street outwith working hours and on the weekends. This is a really meaningful outcome for the community.”