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Kingsbarns housing plan comes under fire
Gordon Berry, The Courier, 25 August 2010
A planned housing development in the picturesque
village of Kingsbarns is "disjointed" and will not meet Scottish
This comment has come from a Fife Council planner in
relation to an application from
Estate for development which would mark the start of a considerable
increase in the size and population of the community.
The estate wants to build
houses - 12 of them "affordable" - on a site south of Station Road and
the work would also include formation of an access, creation of public open
space and landscaping, and demolition of an agricultural building.
Ten of the affordable houses would be coming through the
Homes for Rent scheme and the other two funded by the estate.
The application for full planning consent has been
submitted in conjunction with an application in principle for a
"open market" homes to the north of Station Road.
However, the plans - and the intention of the estate to
create an even larger development in the long term - have run into substantial
local opposition and there has been a
objection from the community council.
Now planner Jenny Racionzer has said in a letter to agents
Montgomery Forgan Associates that she is sorry that she is "unable to be more
positive" about the proposal at the moment.
She said it does not address the six qualities suggested
for successful places and there is no analysis or discussion on how it would it
connect to the village.
Ms Racionzer added that the layout appears to be suburban
in nature and detached from Kingsbarns and there is a confusing relationship in
the positioning of housing. The council has to consider future aspirations to
develop the opposing site and there should be regard for focal points.
In relation to other issues she said that Scottish Water
has highlighted a possible requirement for work to be carried out to ensure no
loss of service to existing customers.
It was also said that there is limited capacity in the
Kingsbarns wastewater treatment works to serve new demand and there should be
discussions between the developer and Scottish Water.
In terms of flooding Ms Racionzer said there had been
several incidents on the site, generally caused by flow from higher ground to
She said that insufficient information had been supplied
for the proposal to be properly assessed and flood risk assessments would be
required for the site and the land opposite.
The community council has said that the application is the
first phase of a 66-house
proposal from the landowner.
It has pointed out that Kingsbarns was one of the first
conservation areas to be designated in Scotland and householders are restricted
in what they can do with their properties.
Members also said that the development brief was not
submitted for their approval and contains factually inaccurate statements.
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