Residents braced for Tantallon Ave decision

Councillors to decide future of Bankhead House.
Councillors to decide future of Bankhead House.

Residents opposed to controversial plans to turn a council office in to affordable housing in Pitteuchar will learn if it is to be given the go-ahead today (Wednesday).

Fife Council’s desire to turn the Bankhead House facility in Tantallon Avenue into 11 dwellings, (seven houses and four flats), as part of its drive to create more affordable housing, has been widely criticised by residents.

A 210-signature petition and nine letters of objection have been sent to planning officers following a public meeting held in October to discuss the proposals. One letter of approval for the project was also received.

The bulk of resident’s complaints centred on the impact on the number of car parking spaces for existing tenants, as well as issues surrounding increased traffic and congestion in the area. The effect on property values and loss of established tree stocks were also raised.

Around 30 children also produced a petition arguing against building on land adjacent to the existing site which has been traditionally used as a play area for generations.

A report to committee members recommends approval of the application as part of Fife Council’s target to provide 2700 affordable homes for rent by 2017.

A revised proposal now includes 22 new car parking spaces, including five accessed via Altyre Court.

The report also advises councillors that land used as an unofficial play area which could potentially be lost to facilitate the project is “to be acceptable given its low amenity and natural heritage value”.