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Ceres housing proposal refused
The Courier, 4 July 2009
A major housing development in Ceres, which was widely
opposed by villagers, has been prevented by a Scottish Government reporter.
Lomond Group has been refused planning permission to build
on land at Moor Road after appealing to the government to overturn a decision
by Fife Councils north-east area committee.
The Glenrothes-based builder intended to build an
unspecified number of homes on a field on the northern edge of the village.
But reporter Roger Wilson upheld the committees
The result means the land at Bridgend, to the rear of Moor
Road and Gladney, will be removed from the finalised St Andrews and East Fife
Local Plan for an allocation of 50 new houses.
Ceres Community Council chairman Grant Robertson said,
Its a sensible decision.
The development was not wanted by
He said they are not against development of a
sensible size, but this proposal was going to change the
character of the place completely.
It would have put a great strain on the
infrastructure of the village.
Local councillor Margaret Kennedy was equally pleased. She
said, Im absolutely delighted to hear the result of the appeal. It
is the correct decision in terms of the village and how we move
Councillor Bryan Poole said the decision was excellent news
but there had been absolutely no case for development on the
Although planning officials were pressing to have the
application approved, the case against development put forward by council legal
officials was an excellent one.
Its just a bit puzzling that the views of
senior planning officials differed so widely from their own legal officers.
The fact our own democratic committee process has now
been backed by an appeal reporter is a real boost for the position taken by
Mr Wilson said the proposals went against the development
plan as the site was not in the adopted local plan, was outwith the
villages settlement boundary and failed to comply with policy on housing
in the countryside.
He also concluded the site was unnecessary to meet the Fife
Structure Plan requirement for land for 1400 new houses in the Cupar housing
market area due to the planned Cupar North development of 1200 to 1400
The development, in a designated Area of Great Landscape
Value, would be a prominent feature, he stated, and due to the lack of a
traffic impact assessment the implications of additional vehicles from 50
houses on roads in Ceres was uncertain.
The proposal, he said, was also premature ahead of further
progress on the finalised St Andrews and East Fife Local Plan and he noted that
its inclusion in the draft plan had not been consulted upon. National policy,
he concluded, gave no alternative reason for the development to be
Lomond Homes planning application, lodged in February
last year, was unanimously rejected in December by the area committee against
the advice of planning officials.
There were concerns about the size of the site and its
impact on the character of village, the local primary school and the AGLV.
However Lomond Homes claimed there was a shortfall in the
housing land supply in the area and the development would not necessarily
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