Society reveals its vision of the future for eyesore site

An artist's impression of how the old ATS site could be transformed.
An artist's impression of how the old ATS site could be transformed.

People in Cupar are being urged to support an ambitious idea for redeveloping the former ATS site to the east of the town.

The site has lain empty since the building was demolished over a year ago to make way for two mini-roundabouts installed as part of Cupar’s £1.6 million road improvement scheme.

Fife Council had proposed erecting hoardings around the site until such time as plans were made for its long-term future – which could have included a three-storey development.

But local community groups were dismayed at the prospect of the views towards the historic buildings in St Catherine Street being obscured and feared the hoardings would become an eyesore and a magnet for fly-posting.

Now, Cupar and North Fife Preservation Society has revealed its vision for the site, which it says would compliment the architecture of the adjoining Georgian street yet preserve the views for motorists coming into town from the east.

The society has funded a project to look at the options for the site’s future and commissioned Cupar-based architect Tom Morton to come up with a design concept.

It includes some built development on the north side of the site – which could be a mix of commercial and residential use – and a small piazza on the level with St Catherine Street.

The scheme will be presented to Cupar Community Council this Tuesday, November 25, and there will be another meeting of community groups on December 8.

In the meantime, the site’s redevelopment is included as an issue in FIFEplan, the Kingdom’s planning blueprint for the future .

Consultation for this closes on December 8 and representations should be made directly to Fife Council.

“The views across the site when approaching and leaving the town centre must be central to the success of any scheme,” said CNFPS chairman Des Montgomery.

“A simple landscaping scheme was rejected, not least because of the continuing maintenance costs this would involve for the public purse.

“The proposed scheme is a concept, not a final design, which will be subject to wider discussion in the hope of achieving public support.”