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Consultation process for the forthcoming St Andrews and East Fife Local Plan
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East Fife Community Consultation

The following information has been extracted from Fife Council Web Site.

Fife Council East Area Services Committee - March 12th 2004

Agenda Item No.14 - East Area Community Consultations - Feedback

1.0 Background

Between August and December 2003, 28 public consultation events and a number of outreach sessions were held across East Fife to inform the development of the Local Plan and the strategies and plans of other Fife Council Services and Community Planning partners.

Five follow-up evening sessions have been arranged for April and May 2004 to enable feedback on the views and suggestions made by participants at the consultation events and to begin discussions with communities on shaping the draft Local Plan.

The meetings will therefore focus on themes drawn from the Community Consultations relevant to each Locality.

The outcome of these meetings will be the validation or testing of proposals to be included the Local Plan.

2.0 The Programme

The five events have been scheduled as follows:

  • Howe of Fife Locality , 22nd April Tayside Institute, Newburgh
  • East Neuk Locality, 29th April, Cellardyke Town Hall
  • Cupar Locality, 4th May, County Buildings, Cupar
  • Tay Bridgehead Locality, 11th May, Gregory Hall, Tayport (tbc)
  • St Andrews Locality (includes Kingsbarns), 20th May, Kilrymont, Madras College, St Andrews

At each event, there will be a similar format:

  • Refreshments available throughout the evening
  • Opportunity to visit displays
  • Identifying main points made by communities during consultations
  • Identifying actions taken by Services and agencies to date
  • Opportunity to visit displays of significant proposals by invited developers
  • Welcome by the Chairperson
  • Introduction of around 10 minutes from Development Services
  • Facilitated workshops of 1 hour and 30 minutes covering key Local Plan themes such as:

    • Housing
    • Community Facilities
    • Environment and Waste Management
    • Utility Services
    • Communications and Energy
    • Tourism
    • Town centres and local business
    • Green Belt issues

  • Thanks and next steps by the Chairperson

3.0 Preparations

In preparation for the events, Councillors, community councils and other community organisations have been sent feedback information from the consultation events for their community.

In addition, publicity is being developed for press and radio advertisements, posters and community web-sites.

Letters of invitation and numbered “tickets” for a prize draw at each of the events are being sent to individual community groups.

4.0 Outcomes

It is anticipated that each of the five events will allow discussion and consideration by participants of potential developments in each locality to inform the drafting of the Local Plan in Autumn 2004.

The events will also provide opportunities to explain the Local Plan timetable and process.

5.0 Recommendations

It is recommended that members of East Area Services Committee:

  • Note progress on arrangements for these events following on from the EFC Consultations
  • Consider arrangements for chairing of these events by local councillors
  • Comment on the format of the events

Mike Robinson Head of Local Services County Buildings Cupar
Cathy Kinnear Planner (Plans and Policy) Development Services County Buildings Cupar
Lindsay Macgregor Local Support Co-ordinator (East) County Buildings Cupar
23rd February 2004

Consultation process for the forthcoming St Andrews and East Fife Local Plan
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Your Place Your Plan (St Andrews & East Fife LP)

The following information has been extracted from Fife Council Web Site.

The follow up to the Autumn 2003 East Fife Community Consultation, was 5 Locality Your Place - Your Plan meetings. These provided feedback about the Community Consultation and discussion groups to further inform the draft Local Plan for St. Andrews and East Fife.

Over 400 people participated in the events, which focused on identifying:

sites to be protected from development;
sites suitable for development;
the nature of any potential development;
infrastructure issues including sewerage, roads, utilities and amenities; and
desired outcomes from any potential developments.

At all five events, participants identified a number of common development issues and some common principles about how they felt that the Local Plan should be developed and implemented.

The 5 Your Place Your Plan Feedback sheets (one for each locality) précis the points raised at each meeting. They will be circulated to the participants who requested them and will also be available in Local Offices.

N.B. Due to space limitations, Drumoig is on the St Andrews Locality sheet. The workshop notes from the discussion groups are posted by locality and settlement.

It is intended to put the Consultative Draft Local Plan to East Area Development Committee on December 7th 2004. The document will be published for consultation by early 2005. Comments made will inform the Finalised Draft Local Plan timetabled for the end of 2005. Any unresolved objections made to the Finalised Draft, will be subject to Public Local Inquiry. The Local Plan is expected to be adopted in 2007.

Cathy Kinnear, Planner (Plans & Policy) Tel: 01334 412103 Fax: 01334 412800 Email:

PLEASE NOTE: There has been a delay in producing the Consultative Draft and it will not now be put to the East Area Development Committee until early in 2005.

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