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Your Place Your Plan - East Fife Community Consultations
Opinions, suggestions and ideas - used to inform the St Andrews & East Fife Local Plan
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Your Place Your Plan was the second stage in the consultation process for the evolving St Andrews & East Fife Local Plan. Discussion groups explored issues such as housing, schools, facilities, town centres, countryside matters, green belts and conservation. For the purposes of this exercise Kingsbarns concerns were aired at the St Andrews meeting.

Fife Council has recently published the results of this consultation exercise in two forms :

Discussion group workshop notes for all areas are available at www.fifedirect.org.uk/newsevents

All the opinions, suggestions and ideas have now been passed to Fife Council Services and partner agencies, and used to inform the recently published draft of the St Andrews & East Fife Local Plan.


Next stage in consultation process:

Fife Council Consultation (Spring 2005) - according to Fife Council:

"You have a role to play in Shaping Fife’s Future and are encouraged to have your say on the following draft publications"

St Andrews and East Fife Local Plan (Consultative Draft) - This is the first of the new local plans for Fife and for the first time is available on the FifeDirect website as an interactive plan. It identifies where change is proposed, showing in detail the location and nature of development from 2006-2016. This Plan is supported by the Action Plan and a series of background papers.

Fife Structure Plan (Consultative Draft) - Fife Matters - The Development Plan explains how and what should be developed in Fife. It is made up of two parts - the Structure Plan and Local Plans. Fife Matters is the Consultative Draft Structure Plan which looks at the development of the whole of Fife over the next 20 years. This then provides the framework for the more detailed Local Plans for St Andrews and East Fife, Kirkcaldy and Mid Fife and Dunfermline and West Fife. The proposed main strategic development areas where large scale development is proposed are Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes, Levenmouth and Lochgelly. Fife Matters is supported by technical background papers, the Report of Survey, Action Plan and Sustainability Appraisal.

Creating a better Fife - Draft Design Guide - This draft guide sets out a Fife-wide approach to designing buildings and open spaces. It aims to improve the standard of all future development, whilst retaining the special character of Fife’s towns and villages. It also aims to raise awareness and interest in urban design and the contribution it can make to creating better places and improving quality of life.

Supplementary Guidance on Affordable Housing - The need for affordable housing is one of the main issues that has to be addressed over the next 20 years. Fife Matters identifies where affordable housing is needed but because affordable housing is a complex and dynamic issue, more detailed and complementary guidance is needed to identify how this can be delivered. This is the Affordable Housing Supplementary Guidance.

Local Transport Strategy - This sets the long- term strategic vision for transport provision and services for the next 20 years. The long-term goal is to create a balanced, integrated trans-port network, which allows appropriate access to all key needs and services.

Area Transport Plans - These have been developed for the West, Central and East Areas of Fife and set out the way that we will deliver practical projects and services in line with the Local Transport Strategy. The priorities of the Area Transport Plans are developed in consultation with local communities.

Copies of all of the above draft publications are available to view at Fife Council libraries, Local Offices and Fife Council website - try www.fifedirect.org.uk/developmentplan and work from there.

Most of the publications have been copied to this website, for easy reference - follow the links below. The pdf files require acrobat reader and some are quite large (best to 'save' or 'open in new window')


How to comment on the St Andrews & East Fife Local Plan (Consultative Draft):

Refer to local plan statements, policy and maps which can be found on the new:

Official online interactive St Andrews & East Fife Local Plan website - external link

The draft version of this Plan invites comments in support of, or against, it’s content. It includes options for development sites and, in some cases, these are indicated by showing the general locations being considered by Fife Council but without defining precise boundaries. These sites will be refined and shown in detail once consultation has taken place on the draft Plan.

Written comments should be made on the form supplied with the Local Plan. The Plan can be viewed on fifedirect.org.uk . Further copies of the form can be obtained from Development Services or can be downloaded from the website. In the event that you need assistance in preparing your response to this document, please contact Development Services and we will provide appropriate assistance.

The public consultation period is 7 March 2005 to 2 May 2005.

Please return completed comments forms to: Keith Winter, Head of Development Services, Fife House, North Street, Glenrothes, Fife KY7 5LT or email them to development.services@fife.gov.uk . Emails should be titled: St Andrews & East Fife Local Plan.

For further information, please contact: Bill Lindsay, Team Leader, Local & Community Policy. Telephone: 01334 412790. Email: bill.lindsay@fife.gov.uk


Earlier Community Consultation

East Fife Community Consultation - between August and December 2003, 28 public 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.

EFCC Feedback - Kingsbarns - relevant information from the initial meeting in Boarhills.


Other useful documents

Affordable Housing

The purpose of the report is to advise members [of various Fife Council committees] of the implication of the Local Housing Strategy for land use planning including Structure Plan and Local Plan policies and seek approval for the Council’s overall approach to addressing the need for Affordable Housing.

Report on affordable housing seminar in East Fife

The purpose of this report is to highlight the issues raised by communities and also by East Fife elected members at a seminar in June 2004 and to inform Fife Council’s developing Affordable Housing Policy.

Fife Matters - A Land Use Framework for the next 20 years

This document is the Fife Structure Plan Consultative Draft in pdf form.

Includes proposed housing policy for Fife - including affordable housing policy in rural East Fife.


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