DISAPPOINTMENT has been expressed at a decision to reject a retrospective planning application for a temporary car park in Aberdour.

Cala Homes had asked for permission for the 10-space site and the formation of a vehicle access on, and north of, Main Street.

The temporary facility had aimed to alleviate the impact of increased traffic from their nearby site which will see the creation of 63 new homes.

However, Fife Council rejected the submission in the interests of safeguarding the countryside and due to the potential for flooding.

The housebuilder this week said it was "very disappointed" at the decision which over the application which it said would have ensured that local residents on the street had access to car parking spaces while traffic management was in place on Main Street.

Steven Cooper, Planning Manager at Cala Homes (East) said: “We are very disappointed with the decision to refuse the application for the temporary car park.

“While we are aware that there were only six objections to the application, our experience has been that most local residents have welcomed the provision of the parking area.

“As development progresses, space for contractor parking on site will diminish, which resulted in the request to retain the car park for four years.

“We are aware that there is a sense of disbelief among some within the local community that the application has been refused. The temporary car park has been well used since construction commenced on site - including by local residents outwith working hours. We only anticipate that demand for parking will increase over the summer months.

“Whilst we are incredibly disappointed that the application has been refused, we feel it is local residents who will lose out as a consequence of this decision.

“We will consider our options, including local feedback, before deciding whether we proceed with any appeal.”