PLANS for 30 new flats near Canmore Primary School in Dunfermline have been met with objections from locals.

The homes would be built on the vacant site between Aberdour Road and Evershed Drive, near the school and Tesco Express.

Curtis Jones Property Developments (CJPD), of Dalgety Bay, announced their plans last year and a public consultation was held in October. The number of two and three-bedrooms flats was then reduced from 40 to 30, with 60 car parking spaces proposed.

However, more than 20 objections have been submitted to Fife Council, including one from South Dunfermline Community Council, with concerns including an increase in traffic, noise and overshadowing to the adjacent Walls Place.

The community council said the proposals were not “suitable for the area” and added: “In our view additional traffic entering and leaving this development at school pick up and drop off time would have a detrimental impact on the safety of the school pupils, and the local residents both on Evershed Drive and Aberdour Road.”

Planning agent, Oliver & Robb Architects, submitted a letter to Fife Council responding to the objections made.

It said: “Multiple comments have been made regarding an anticipated increase in traffic to Aberdour Road and Evershed Drive.

“Concerns have also been raised regarding existing issues with parking on Evershed Drive at school drop-off/pick-up times and the effect of any additional traffic.

“While acknowledging the concerns raised by residents, during our visits to the site at these times there have been few vehicles parked immediately adjacent to the site on Evershed Drive and the only evidence of double parking on the street is immediately to either side of the road access to the school.”

The letter continued to add that Fife Council raised no concerns over the proposed access to Evershed Drive, loss of daylight and sunlight to Walls Place, and stated the site had previously been earmarked for development in reference to comments worried about the loss of greenspace.

A noise impact assessment was included with recommendations to ensure all noise level criteria were met.