Controversial plan for 15 homes in Fife village spark almost double number of objections

A controversial plan for housing on a prominent site in a Fife village has been recommended for approval by planners.

By Craig Smith, Local Democracy Reporting Service
Friday, 7th January 2022, 3:11 pm
Updated Friday, 7th January 2022, 3:11 pm

Members of Fife Council’s north east Fife planning committee are due to consider the bid for planning permission in principle for the development on land to the west of Millflat when they meet on Wednesday.

Twenty-nine letters of objection and seven letters of support have been formally lodged with Fife Council ahead of that committee meeting, but councillors will be asked to back the planning department’s view that consent be granted.

Plans submitted suggest 15 homes could be accommodated on the site between Millflat and Leckiebank Road, although the applicants stress that the designs for the site are merely indicative.

The plans will be considered next week

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In that scenario, five homes would be served off a new access point opposite Lochiebank Crescent, while 10 units would be served from a new access point along the site’s frontage on to High Road.

Objectors say the proposal would result in the destruction of a “beautiful historically significant” wall on High Road and that the proposal would not reflect the character of the area.

Other objections cite concerns about road safety issues but, in his report to the committee, case officer Scott Simpson said planners were satisfied that the application should be approved.

“The applicant has provided a robust transport statement which demonstrates that there would be no significant impact on the surrounding area in terms of road safety and the submitted drawings demonstrate an acceptable layout in terms of access,” he noted.

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