DETAILED plans for 85 new homes in Aberdour have been submitted to Fife Council.

Cala Homes will build new houses, from two-bedroom cottage flats up to five-bedroom detached houses, as well as affordable housing, on a site south of Main Street.

This is the next stage after planning permission in principle was granted in May last year following an appeal to the Scottish Government.

Steven Cooper, planning manager at Cala Homes (East), said: “We have been working hard to ensure that the proposal meets the various requirements of the existing planning permission.

“We are confident that what we are putting forward is a sensitively-designed development that will fully reflect its location on the fringes of Aberdour.

“The proposal will provide a variety of new homes, ranging from two-bedroom cottage flats, three-bedroom terrace, three-bedroom semi-detached, and four- and five-bedroom detached homes, with the ability to accommodate home working.

"The homes shall also include solar panels to achieve up to A rating."

Cala said their plans incorporated extensive open space, to reflect the semi-rural setting on the eastern edge of the village, and the layout will ensure that views across the development towards Inchcolm Abbey and Aberdour Obelisk are maintained.

Main Street will also be widened along the frontage of the site to provide additional on-street parking bays.

Mr Cooper added: "The site is exceptionally well-connected, with bus stops and the railway station within a short walk, and the local primary school also in close proximity.

"We have been inundated with enquiries, including local residents, about the new homes from those looking to secure a new home in Aberdour.”

As part of the existing planning permission, Cala will make a financial contribution towards Aberdour Primary School, provide new off-site pedestrian links and contribute towards strategic transport projects in the area.

There were more than 800 objections to Cala's application for planning permission in principle and, although council officers recommended approval, councillors on the west planning committee voted to reject the plans in July 2018.

The site was not included in FIFEplan, the council's local development plan that sets out what can be built and where, but an appeal was made to the Scottish Government's planning and environmental appeals department which overturned the decision and granted permission in May last year.

At the time, local councillor Dave Dempsey said: "Once again, we have an unaccountable, unelected official allowing through a planning application that was opposed by the public and rejected by councillors."

Cala had said that the government reporter "recognised the severity of the housing shortfall in Fife" and that the outcome was "great news for people who wish to live in Aberdour and those who are currently on housing waiting lists in the area".