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Homes plan for village runs into more opposition
The Courier, 7 July 2010
Estate has applied for full planning permission to build
homes on the western edge of the village south of Station Road.
Andrews Preservation Trust has joined the
community council and a large number of residents in opposing the
transportation service has expressed fears over possible flooding, and
has stated that there is insufficient information for a full planning
A dozen of the properties would be affordable, 10 of them
coming through the Scottish Government's
Homes for Rent scheme, and the other two funded by the estate.
The application has been submitted in conjunction with an
application in principle for a
"open market" homes to the north of Station Road.
If given the green light, it is proposed to create a
"village green" as part of the development, open space which could be used by
the local primary and as a play area for children.
The 2.6 hectares of land west of the square is designated
for housing in the finalised St Andrews and East Fife Local Plan, but the
preservation trust has pointed out that this plan has still to be the subject
of a public inquiry.
In addition, said the trust, Fife Council's Structure Plan
is still the subject of a
challenge and cannot be regarded as a sound basis for decision
In relation to the application, the trust said that the
development brief submitted did not meet the requirements of the local plan,
legislation, or community engagement.
It has also stated that an environmental impact assessment
is required for the site, and that it qualifies as a
development which legally requires an enhanced period of public
The trust has also stated that 40 houses would represent a
25% increase for the village, and this is not merited by population
In relation to the proposals, Fife Council officials have
now said that "there are
recorded incidents of flooding on this site."
The applicants have stated that particular consideration
would be given to the sensitivities of the site which lies adjacent to the
The affordable homes would go to tenants from Fife
Council's housing waiting list, with vetting by Cambo Estate. more
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