170 new homes planned for Halbeath
FIFE Council wants to build 170 new homes in Halbeath - effectively doubling the size of the village.
A planning application has now been submitted for the North Fod site after a consultation in the summer with local residents.
The council said 25 per cent of the new homes on the seven-hectare site would be for affordable housing.
North Fod is a vacant parcel of old farmland to the south of the village and is bounded by Sanderling Way to the east and Pittsburgh Road to the west.
The application does not give details but the council previously said the new homes would range from one to four bedrooms in size and include wheelchair and amenity housing.
Around 20 members of the public, as well as councillors Mike Rumney and Helen Law, attended the public consultation in June.
After that event, the council pledged to take "active measures" to alleviate flooding concerns at the northern boundary, known locally as the 'Coo Road', and retain "and possibly enhance" the football pitch.
Villagers said they were concerned the new development would add to parking congestion on Fod Street and increase traffic on Pittsburgh Road, especially when pupils were being collected or dropped off at Carnegie Primary School.
In response the council said safer pedestrian routes, green travel plans and up to four potential vehicle routes from the site would mean "the new development would not lead to any significant increase in the level of traffic on Pittsburgh Road".
Sheila Chadfield, of the Halbeath Residents and Tenants Association, said, "It would be better to have housing there as it's just a big open space and there are drainage problems with back gardens in Fod Street being flooded by the run-off from the fields.
"It would solve that problem although they've not said what will happen with the Coo Road.
"Another query was about capacity in the primary school, as there would be families moving here, but I think there is room.
"No-one has objected to it as far as I know and as long as it doesn't hurt the village it should be fine."
The idea is that the new development will link to the new homes being built at South Fod at Pittsburgh Road/Dunlin Drive, for Kingdom Housing, which boast a range of 'green' innovations and are the latest in sustainability.
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Oct 19, 09:39
Oct 19, 09:53
Lets hope this brings Fife Leisure Park to actually make it into a Leisure park and not a collection of franchise restaurants! Pathertic excuse Dunfermline is for shops, truth be told I would rather be motting than going out in the town!
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Oct 19, 12:38