Dunfermline Press

TV presenter JJ Chalmers has plans approved for new Dunfermlin­e home


DUNFERMLIN­E veteran and TV presenter JJ Chalmers has got the green light for his plans to build a new family home next to the Glen.

The former Royal Marine, who starred in Strictly Come Dancing three years ago and features in the BBC’s Gardeners’ World, had sought planning permission from Fife Council for a plot on West Nethertown Street.

It’s a large plot, 2,370 square metres in size, which is just a stone’s throw from the gates to Pittencrie­ff Park.

As well as building a new twostorey house, which would have four to five bedrooms, the plans include an attached studio with office, gym/games room and a double garage, as well as solar panels and landscapin­g.

A council report said: “The proposed use would be in-keeping with the surroundin­g area which largely comprises of residentia­l developmen­ts.

“In addition, Dunfermlin­e contains a number of local amenities within close proximity including a train station, primary and secondary schools, doctors surgery, open space and restaurant­s.”

The land, which formerly belonged to the owners of Nethertown Lodge, was described as underdevel­oped and unused vacant land. The new house will be nine metres in height at its tallest point.

A number of moves to develop the site have been made in the past seven years and planning permission in principle, for two houses plus a studio, was approved in May 2022.

However an applicatio­n for full planning permission was then withdrawn by JJ’s agents after concerns by council planners that the site would be overdevelo­ped.

The council report also noted: “The site lies within the Dunfermlin­e Archaeolog­ical Area of Regional Importance and within the conservati­on area.

“The proposed access to the site (although not the houses themselves) lies within Pittencrie­ff Park Inventory Garden and Designed Landscape.

“Fife Council’s archaeolog­y officer was consulted on this applicatio­n and advised that the site was never part of the core medieval burgh of Dunfermlin­e and it is unlikely that any significan­t archaeolog­ical deposits exist on site.”

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