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Residents to be denied
a local decision on major development proposal for housing west of Kingsbarns
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Kingsbarns housing plan goes to reporter
Cheryl Peebles, The Courier, 5 March 2011
A bid to build new homes in an East Neuk village has been
taken to the Scottish Government after Fife Council failed to determine it on
Sir Peter Erskine has applied for planning permission to
build 40 houses to the west of Kingsbarns, north and south of Station Road.
Part of the development, which was awarded a grant from the
Homes for Rent fund, would involve the creation of 12 affordable
However, there has been significant opposition from
villagers, including the local
Sir Peter, of
Estate, has now asked the Department for Planning and Environment
Appeals to determine whether the building can commence.
Due to the government's financial support, the proposals
were presented to Fife Council in two separate applications, one for
north of Station Road and the other for
including the affordable homes, south of the road.
Both were submitted in March 2010 and a deadline for
determination of November was agreed.
Sir Peter's agents, Montgomery Forgan Associates, have
urged the reporter who will determine the appeal to grant planning permission,
claiming the new homes would help sustain the village which had been declining
in recent years.
They said, "Kingsbarns Primary School roll will be boosted
and the village shop and post office, which has been up for sale for a long
period, may have a chance of surviving in the medium to long term.
"The public house, which closes in the winter months, will
also benefit from an increase in households in Kingsbarns."
Fife Council had originally allocated land for 40 new homes
in Kingsbarns in the emerging local plan, but reduced this to 20.
But Montgomery Forgan Associates claimed this was "not
logical or thought through."
It said, "Such a lower number of houses would not be a
sustainable use of the site.
"Its development would not fit the existing character of
Kingsbarns and the number of affordable houses would be reduced to six
Furthermore, the consultancy said there was an insufficient
supply of land for housebuilding in the St Andrews and wider north-east Fife
Very few affordable homes had been built in the area in the
last few years, it said, despite there being the highest demand there
Fife-wide. It also claimed there had been a mixed response to the plans during
pre-submission community consultation.
The community council has claimed that neither the local
primary school nor the sewerage system could cope with the additional residents
the scheme would bring.
The development would also be outwith the village envelope,
it said, in a conservation area and area of great landscape value and on prime
agricultural land. more Community
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