Pressure mounts on Coaltown homes plan

The site earmarked for the housing
The site earmarked for the housing

Residents opposed to the new social housing proposals in Coaltown of Balgonie are waiting on the results of water pressure tests on the site.

Scottish Water have recently completed surveying the site on former Coal Board land, now owned by Fife Council, to determine whether the pressure and flow would be adequate to support the proposed housing development at Lady Nina Square.

Residents living closest to the site say the 24 houses, which are expected to house up to 110 people, will cause traffic and access problems if they were to be built.

Councillor Ross Vettraino reported to Milton and Coaltown of Balgonie Community Council at its meeting on April 8.

He said: “I understand that the study may take two to five months to complete.

“Normally such a study is run in parallel with an application for planning permission but given the concern that has been expressed by the local community about the water supply, the Council is reluctant to seek planning permission until there is some certainty from Scottish Water that the development can actually be serviced.

“From speaking to residents in other parts of Coaltown of Balgonie, it would seem that concerns about the sufficiency of the water supply aren’t confined to Lady Nina Square.

“I intend to write to Scottish Water, therefore, with a view to seeking a commitment that the sufficiency of the water supply to the entire village is investigated.”

Residents met with planners in January to voice their concerns over the plans.