ROSYTH families are concerned over plans to build more than 140 homes in the town.

A major planning application has been submitted to Fife Council for building on land in the Camdean area.

J Smart and Company are seeking permission to build 143 homes on the large space behind Primrose Lane, as well as creating an extension for Stephens Bakery.

Locals have expressed fears that the homes would lead to increased traffic in the area, as well as concerns over the capacity of Rosyth Primary School and the loss of wildlife.

Danny Hughes, chair of Rosyth community council, said: “A number of locals have told me that they aren’t happy with the plans for these homes.

“That area is full of wildlife and deer, which would obviously be affected.

“The grass area is used as a football pitch for the kids and that would be a big loss to them.

“Personally, I’m not chuffed about it. 

"It’s a great space which has fruit trees, with the apples from them being harvested, then pressed for apple juice at the local market.

“There’s also raspberries and brambles growing wild, and it’s a popular area for dog-walkers, too, who have said it would be a miss to them as it’s such a popular route.”

Sam Steele, councillor for Rosyth, attended an open day event at the Parkgate community centre last year, and told the Press that residents informed her of their worries about the plans.

Fellow councillor for the area, Tony Orton, stated the same, adding he had a “neutral” position on the proposed development but would support the general opinion of locals opposed to the move or otherwise.

The location lies east of Whinnyburn Place, west of Jutland Street and north of Primrose Lane Industrial Estate.

The application report states: “The proposal is for Planning Permission in Principle, (PPP), for residential development over the majority of the site with an area identified for a new building as an essential extension for the existing local employer, Stephen’s Bakery. 

"The approach to development will be sympathetic to the local area in terms of density, scale and massing; being consistent with local planning policy to create a unique development that contributes to the local environmental quality.”

The proposed homes on the 17.8-acre site – which is identified in the Fife Local Development Plan – would be accessible via two entrances on Primrose Lane.

The houses expected to be built include detached, semi-detached and terraced two-storey houses, with developers confirming that 25 per cent of the housing will be affordable.

Fife Council stated that the approved provider would be the council or Kingdom Housing Association.