PERMISSION to construct new roads in Dalgety Bay has been requested by developers hoping to build 35 homes in the town.

Muir Homes have had proposals for housing on the plot south of Fulmar Way, in Donibristle Industrial Estate, refused three times previously.

A fourth application was submitted to Fife Council last month which said that the local authority was acting in a "contradictory" way by allocating the land for housing but then rejecting the only possible vehicle access routes into the site.

A planning statement on behalf of Muir Homes said: "The council’s position is preventing a site, which forms part of its agreed development strategy, from being delivered, in a location where there is a high demand for new housing and a shortage of affordable housing."

The developers now want to create new roads and associated infrastructure within the site which would be accessed via Fulmar Way.

At 1.6 hectares, the plot lies to the east of the Asda store and to the north of homes on Meadowfield and Otterston Grove.

Formerly in industrial use, the brownfield site has been vacant "for at least 20 years" and is zoned for residential use in the council's local development plan.

But previous applications from Muir Homes for 47, 51 and then 44 homes were refused in March 2015, February 2017 and April 2018 respectively.

The Press reported in January that council officers say a new vehicle access in an industrial estate would create "conflicts" between residential and industrial traffic that would pose road safety issues.

The council refused previously allow vehicle access via Otterston Drive.