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Plan "does not have
the support of the community ... aspect to the west should be retained by not
developing this site"
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Council set to fight plan for houses in
Cheryl Peebles, The Courier, 4 April 2011
Fife Council is to fight controversial plans for 40 new
homes in a small East Neuk village.
Sir Peter Erskine has taken his bid to build houses on the
western edge of Kingsbarns to the Scottish Government after the local authority
failed to determine it on time.
Councillors on the north-east Fife area committee agreed
planning permission should be opposed and that its position should be relayed
to Scottish ministers.
A Scottish Government reporter has been charged with
considering the planning application - which has attracted significant
opposition from villagers - on behalf of ministers and will take into account
the council's submission.
Sir Peter, of Cambo Estate, wants to build the houses on
either side of Station Road.
His planning applications - one for the houses south of the
road and the other for those north of it - were submitted more than a year
The development would include 12 affordable homes, which
have already been awarded a grant from the Scottish Government's Rural Homes
for Rent fund.
Objectors, including the area's community council, fear the
infrastructure and the primary school will be unable to cope with the influx of
additional residents the scheme would bring.
The community council also said the houses would be outwith
the village envelope, in a conservation area and area of great landscape value
and on prime agricultural land.
In the emerging local plan, the council had allocated land
in Kingsbarns for 40 homes but later reduced the number to 20.
East Neuk and Landward Councillor, Donald Macgregor, said,
"The application does not have the support of the community, as stated at a
November 2008 meeting between planners and development to be essential.
The Kingsbarns Community Council has consistently said the
site is wrong.
"That position was unanimously supported by the north-east
Fife area committee in August 2010 when we said the aspect to the west should
be retained by not developing this site and allocating a maximum of 20 units on
other sites within the settlement which should be identified through rural
Among a series of other arguments against, he also said the
land had serious flooding issues that would be difficult to obviate.
Sir Peter's agents, Montgomery Forgan Associates, have
already told the reporter the new homes would help sustain the village.
The firm claimed Kingsbarns Primary School's roll would be
boosted and the village shop, post office and local pub would benefit.
It also claimed the reduction in the local plan from 40 to
20 new homes in Kingsbarns was "not logical or thought through."
Highlighting the provision of affordable homes in the
development, it pointed out that very few such homes had been built in the area
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