HOUSEBUILDING to the east of Cairneyhill may have been scrapped while major developments to the west and north of the village are still to be decided.

Stewart Milne Homes are not going ahead with their proposals but Ogilvie Homes and Avant Homes are proceeding with their schemes and are seeking the go-ahead from Fife Council.

On the western front Ogilvie want to build 70 homes on farmland between Glen Moriston Drive and the Cairneyhill roundabout and are now seeking construction consent for new roads for the development.

And Avant Homes, in partnership with Robert Forrester, of Forrester Park Golf Resort, had applied for permission for 156 homes on an adjoining site at the north of the village but will ask for local feedback at two public meetings before putting in fresh plans.

Ogilvie Homes, based in Stirling, aim to build a mix of two-, three- and four-bedroom houses, including 18 affordable homes and 52 for private sale, on a site that's 4.9 hectares in size.

The application was submitted in April last year, some revisions were made in December, and they are waiting on a decision from the council.

Avant have already built 100 homes off Pitdinnie Road and in May 2021 they applied for planning permission for phase two, for the rest of the site to the west, where they outlined plans for 156 homes.

However, this application has never been decided by the council, with the local authority submitting SIX 'extension of time' requests to the developer since July 2022 due to the "complex nature of the particular issues raised in the consideration of the application".

Concerns raised at the time included an increase in traffic, road safety, flooding, pressure on local services, loss of agricultural land and the impact on wildlife.

The latest 'extended period for determination' for the council to give a decision runs out on May 19.

In the meantime Avant and Mr Forrester have now submitted a proposal of application notice which gives them a 12 weeks consultation period before they can submit fresh plans.

Two 'in-person' events will be held in the village, dates are still to be confirmed, with information about the proposals and the chance to comment and "feed into the emerging design process".

Plans for the land stretch back to 2009 when Mr Forrester – who helped establish Forrester Park Golf Resort – first outlined an ambitious £65 million plan and a partnership with Avant Homes.

At the time, he wanted to build a luxury five-star hotel, new nine-hole golf course, 140 houses, fishing loch, holiday chalets and an equestrian centre on land next to Pitdinnie.

It didn’t get past the planning stage but the idea was reworked with the first phase the housing element, across the road from the golf course.