NET gains are on the way as work has started on eight new holiday huts at a fishery north of Dunfermline. 

Fife Council granted planning permission in March to Tulchan Estates Ltd, of Edinburgh, for the development at Balmule which will see new accommodation erected on agricultural land at the site. 

And now the applicant, Vasco Alexandre Nunes De Oliveira Lopes, has sent the local authority a 'commencement of development' notice to let them know it's underway.

There are already four "partially constructed" wooden huts at Balmule Fishery, off the B915 road between Dunfermline and Kelty, which were approved in April 2018.

This would take the total number to 12.

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A council report, approving the change of use application, had said: "Given the remote countryside location of the proposal as well as the fact it would be considerably shielded from any public view, due to the existing surrounding trees, it is considered that the proposal would be sympathetic to its rural surroundings and protect the overall landscape of the area."

The new timber structures will each have a floor area of around 30 square metres, will not be connected to any mains and each hut will have a composting toilet.

A supporting statement said: "The huts are simple buildings and will be constructed of natural or reclaimed timber rather than highly-processed materials.

Dunfermline Press: The eight holiday huts are being built next to Balmule Fishery, north of Dunfermline.The eight holiday huts are being built next to Balmule Fishery, north of Dunfermline. (Image: Google Maps)

"It is hoped to source these from local manufacturing facilities, thereby reducing haulage emissions.  

"The roofs are corrugated sheets which is a traditional solution in rural areas. The timer and corrugated sheeting at the end of their useful life can be reused or recycled."

The new holiday accommodation will be located within 1,250 square metres of land in the grounds of the fishery, north of the pond, and the council agreed that the same vehicle access from the B915 will be used.

There are also plans by a separate applicant for five holiday lodges on a site to the south of Balmule, on the outskirts of Bowershall.