| Kingsbarns Community Council - General
Consultation on the St Andrews and East Fife
Local Plan 2005
back to Kingsbarns
VILLAGE SURVEY 2005 - organised by KCC 'Future of
Responses to Section 3, which asked for:
Your proposals for the future of the village and
suggestions about facilities you would like to see
Presentation of responses
The 226 comments were analysed and 11 themes were identified
and were as follows:
- Impact of development and
- Housing type
- Village character /
- Prospective development
- Young people / sport / play /
- Public / visitor
- Village amenities / hall /
- Economic activity
- Fuel / energy / recycling
- Village governance
- Ecology / nature / Scotland in
Members and advisors of the sub-group wrote a summary of the
comments under each theme. A copy of the summaries and the 226 comments is
available on circulation from the Post Office.
1. Impact of development and
scale raw data
Apart from a few comments that the village is fine as it is
and no development is necessary, most of the comments express concern about the
impact of a larger development of 110 houses. Concern about changing the
character of the village was the principal concern, particularly
architecturally and in relation to its setting.
Concern was also expressed about traffic and crime.
Many of the answers, although concerned about the scale of
development, seem to accept that some development is necessary for the present
level of services to survive.
2. Housing type raw data here
Positive (22) and negative (16) comments.
Negative: many were against the further increase in holiday
homes. 61% of houses in Kingsbarns are owner occupied and given the preferences
for this type it will increase in any development with no constraint on selling
at significant profit.
Positive: the problem of definition of "affordable housing"
persists, as does ambiguity between "affordable housing" for sale and for rent.
There is no clear guidance from the Local Authority and it is not clear how
developers or Housing Associations would approach this issue. There was a small
positive response to Sheltered Housing but this is offset by the tables which
show negative reasons to that of housing. The need for housing to be for young
families was noted.
These comments have to be seen in the light of the rejection
by the community of proposals for any major development, and that when pressed
residents would not favour anything more than a small development. These
comments should also be seen in the context of replies to Section 2 Question 1
shown as table 4 in the results of the survey which showed 'owner occupied,
affordable houses for sale and sheltered housing' having some support but with
other types of housing having no positive support.
3. Village character /
conservation raw data here
Comments on the character of the village and the need for
its conservation made up 14% of the comments. These varied from a veto on any
change to some development within the conservation boundaries. This development
should be spread throughout the village with trees marking the boundary. The
view from the west should be kept, as it was part of the village's beauty and
the Station Road access was unsuitable; the views north and south were also
beautiful. Any development should not be a housing scheme, nor too large, in
keeping with the rest of the village, energy and land efficient, varied in
design and purpose and introduced to the village gradually. There was a
suggestion that the barn by the school be demolished and perhaps the space left
used for housing but a play area was needed and the square could be made more
of a social focus with seats, a fountain and flower beds. Closure of the golf
course was suggested. Ceres and Elie were put forward as examples of viable
social units of 1000 population and Poundbury was quoted as an example of how
the ten principles of design could be used.
4. Prospective development sites raw data here
25 comments were received on this subject. Few supported
development west of the village. Developments to the east were preferred
because of the present residential pattern; because of the possible links to
the golf course but road access was recognised as easier on the Dunino side.
Any development in H48/9 to the west should be small scale and ensure the
preservation of open space, a 'common', and eco park and playspace. 7 other
sites were referred to for development adjacent to the village, and 5 sites
outwith the village (see map). Infill sites within the village were noted.
'Brownfield' sites should be used. The style should be as NQ steadings. The
land allocation should be sufficient to ensure a density of occupancy similar
to the existing village and ensure sufficient 'persons to homes' and have few
5. Young people / sport / play /
leisure raw data
Most comments referring to the young were about the lack of
things to do which leads to bad behaviour , and most suggest some sort of
sports facility. The most popular of these is a football pitch, and also bowls,
putting, tennis, skatepark, and cycle paths with some reference to multipurpose
use for the whole community including the school. Suggestions for a site for
sports facilities were, near the school, the field opposite the church and in a
joint community effort approach Kingsbarns Golf Club to see if it possible to
drain and establish a site at the end of their driving range.
There was mention of youth clubs and that the Memorial Hall
be made more available to the young.
There was a suggestion to establish a visitor type centre
near Kingsbarns beach car park as a focal point for the Fife Coastal Path.
(I do suspect that the young did not make most suggestions
referring to the young.)
6. Public / visitor amenities raw data here
VILLAGE (10 responses)
Roads and pavements require attention. The surface
of Seagate "is a disgrace". There should be "proper pavements throughout the
village, and no posts in the middle of pavement or within inches of
present lights. (3)
A public toilet should be provided. It
should built in place of the dilapidated shed near school and be
inspected so as to prevent vandalism. (3)
improvements are required, such as traffic lights/zebra crossing at school and
20 mph on the entire length of Main St. (2)
The bus shelters and phone
box have been vandalised, and poorly maintained. Bus shelter visibility to
Crail could be improved. (1)
A play-park shelter should be provided.
BEACH (7 responses)
Upgraded, modem toilet facilities are
The existing vandalised toilets should be repaired or replaced.
The facilities should be properly maintained and supervised. (4)
pedestrian and cycle access to the beach is required, with no vehicle
access via Seagate. (2)
There should be a beach car park phone, in
case of emergency. (1)
TOURISM (2 responses)
Too much emphasis on golf. Should be providing more
facilities for other tourists. (1)
Promote our unspoilt village and
develop village as a "stopping off point on the Coastal Path.
PLANNING (1 response)
Some imagination required - not planning dogma.
Spate of 20 mph signs is a case in point.
7. Village amenities / hall / community
centre raw data here
Most comments in this area centre on extending the use of
the village hall or on having a community centre, the aim being to provide
accommodation for community activities such as 'mothers and toddlers' groups,
social events, learning opportunities, village displays and youth groups. A
small cafe is suggested as an additional amenity.
8. Economic activity raw data here
The overwhelming interest in this area is in providing
employment opportunities in workshop sites or generally. Housing for working
families rather than holiday homes is also highlighted
9. Fuel / energy / recycling raw
FUEL (9 responses)
There appears to be a significant demand for mains
gas. One resident is prepared to contribute financially. Another asks for
gas at an affordable price. There are hopes that further development
would lead to the installation of mains gas - either through
increased public demand or as a condition of any proposed development.
ENERGY (1 response)
We should look to alternative energy sources for a
measure of self sufficiency in energy needs.
RECYCLING (1 response - from outwith the village)
There should be recycling bins for everything,
cardboard, glass, plastic, paper etc
10. Village governance raw data here
There were quite a few suggestions referring to the
village/community council getting involved in the development of the village,
such as setting up a housing association or village trust or joint venture such
It was suggested that a neighbourhood watch scheme be set
Suggestion that there are not enough households to support
and run local services and events.
Suggestion to draw up a local consensus.
11. Ecology / nature / Scotland in
Entry into Scotland in Bloom would improve the look of the
village as it had at Alness for example and it was suggested that seaweed no
longer be cleared from the beach as such practice was environmentally
unsound. back to Kingsbarns Community
Council up to Top