Plans for 400 homes on Inverkeithing greenbelt
Published 3 Aug 2012 08:30 11 Comments
THE battle for the green fields of Inverkeithing is set to start up again with proposals to build 400 houses at Spencerfield.
Taylor Wimpey want to develop the land and a public meeting in the town is pencilled in for 6th September to outline their vision for the farmland.
But it'll be a hard sell according to Inverkeithing community council's Archie MacQueen, who said locals are firmly against any such plans.
He said, "I've told them that local residents are against any development in those fields, as are Spencerfield residents and Spencerfield Steadings residents.
"They will have to do some persuading to try to get them to change their minds."
The area in question is south of Inverkeithing High School and Hillend Road and stretches down to Letham Hill Wood and Preston Hill.
A spokesperson for Taylor Wimpey Strategic Land said, "We are a national home builder within a regional office in Dunfermline, a matter or minutes from the site.
"We have no intention of being confrontational in the pursuit of this proposal and merely seek to ensure that the development requirements of the approved structure plan are met.
Read the full story in this week's Dunfermline Press
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Aug 3, 11:54
Aug 3, 12:54
Taylor Wimpy,Alfred Stewart,Tarmac, and Donibristle landscapes are all chomping at the bit to get into Inverkeithing. Once again the carrot will be dangled in front of community council....I thought it was 600 homes in the next 20 years encompasing prestonhill quarry,Caldwell Mill,Spencerfield? Taylor Wimpy have objected to allocation of Prestonhill Quarry for Leisure/community use...despite Fife Council prefering this option to housing.
Surely McGarry has read Dunf & West Fife Draft plan and directorate for planning and environ appeals issued on 11 June 2012....If she has she will know....There will only be housing on papermill site if RM supplies are rellocated...if they are not...then no development,Scottish govt reporters have also raised possibility of contaminated land.....Short term....site is unacceptable for development...Medium term...commercial,leisure,retail....Long term....residential...provided RM Supplies(Tarmac have requested F Council purchase land after lease runs out or during) has moved...So no housing development will take place within 20 years....now that is written in black and white in plan.What will happen to the old shore bar?....no doubt developers will claim it is unsafe and knock it down despite it being there since early 1800s.Any development of Fraser Avenue would potentially lose 76 houses...again this is quoted from West Fife Development Plan.They also include Barr Crescent in same breath which is odd as it hasnt existed in 2 years or so(Are these 3 Fife Council Planners who are based in Glenrothes aware that it doesnt exist anymore?) In the mean time....area behind high street,old school,area behind Hillfield,Stephens drive are all left....now surely 200 homes could be built in these areas to contribute to the short term 5 year housing plan.
Recommend? Yes 12 No 0
Aug 3, 14:51
Building there will link Inverkeithing with Dalgety Bay. Thus we have an urban area from Dunfemrline-Rosyth-Inverkiething-Dalgety Bay. Do we really want that? The harbour area in Inverkeithing could be used for more than a toxic dump. Clean up the land put it a nice marina and Inverkeithing could become a nice place. The paper mill is about to be leveled so building there could commence next year.
Recommend? Yes 21 No 2
Aug 3, 14:57
The harbour area has improved significantly in last 10-15 years with regards to water cleanliness.The seals sighted in area are proof of that, as are the Goldeneye,Mallard,shielduck even kingfisher further up in Keithing Burn.
Recommend? Yes 15 No 3
Aug 3, 23:15
Aug 4, 08:54
Tell you what, let's just dump houses on every piece of green space in Fife, then we can 'proudly' christen ourselves Fife City. It really does sadden me to see the extent to which our countryside is being raped these days, and what for? So fat cat building companies like Taylor Wimpy can fill their already bulging pockets with even more cash.
I dread to think what lies ahead for our future generations, but I doubt that it will be anything as idyllic and as rural as that to which we precariously cling onto now. And that fellow Fifers is sad beyond words.
Recommend? Yes 17 No 1
Aug 4, 22:12
Aug 6, 11:48
I have read the above article & comments & i do agree that a policy of regeneration is far better than building on the green belt. The only good thing about the story is that if Talor Wimpy are thinking of building then they must be positive about construction & house building in the near future.
Recommend? Yes 2 No 0
Aug 6, 15:29
@kaka30 - true. I did wonder why they wanted to build when the development next to the train station at Inverkeithing has been mothballed for 6 years now and they have 1000s of houses to build at Duloch right up to the motorway.
Recommend? Yes 8 No 0
Aug 7, 09:14
Aug 30, 21:15
To be honest, I really don't understand the objections to these proposals. There is a real need for affordable housing outwith Edinburgh and if Taylor Wimpey are willing to offer such properties then I don't see a problem. At present they have developed homes in Dunfermline which first-time buyers can purchase with a 5% deposit and an 85/15 equity share. This is the only way some people can get on the property ladder. I find it extremely unfair that it's people with a 'nimby' attitude who are against these projects from gaining approval. It's alright for them in their fancy homes with nice views who have had them passed down through the family or have been fortunate enough to have purchased them when property was affordable. We need more housing, end of.
Recommend? Yes 1 No 5