Green light for siz­able hous­ing de­vel­op­ment

Broomhill plans given con­di­tional ap­proval sub­ject to le­gal agree­ment

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS - The site on Grange Road, Dun­fermline, which is to be de­vel­oped with more than 2,000 homes. Pic­ture: Kenny Smith Pho­tog­ra­phy. LEEZA CLARK

A mas­sive £600 mil­lion, 7,000-job de­vel­op­ment to the south-west of Dun­fermline has been given the go-ahead.

Dun­fermline-based Stir­ling De­vel­op­ments’ plans for the Broomhall site have been given con­di­tional ap­proval, sub­ject to a le­gal agree­ment, by west Fife plan­ning com­mit­tee.

The ap­pli­ca­tion for plan­ning per­mis­sion in prin­ci­ple will see a min­i­mum of 2,150 houses built. It will also in­clude a va­ri­ety of busi­ness units.

There will also be scope for two pri­mary schools, a health­care site, shops and com­mu­nity build­ings with the de­vel­op­ment, which runs along Grange Road from Dun­fermline to the north of Rosyth.

Work on the site, bor­der­ing El­gin Street in­dus­trial es­tate to the north and Pit­reavie busi­ness park to the east, would be car­ried out in seven phases over a 25 to 30-year pe­riod.

Peter Stir­ling from the de­vel­op­ers was de­lighted plans for the “re­mark­able site” had been ap­proved af­ter a long time in the pipe­line.

“It’s 14 years since we in­vested in the pro­ject,” he said.

As a lo­cal firm, he said a lot of time and ef­fort was taken over pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, and that was some­thing that would con­tinue with the com­mu­nity and coun­cil­lors.

He said: “We pride our­selves on be­ing trans­par­ent and ac­count­able.”

An area of open space has been ear­marked around the cat­e­gory A-listed Hill House and its cat­e­gory B-listed wind­mill which lies on the site but is not part of the ap­pli­ca­tion.

Mr Stir­ling said the plans would al­ways be aware of safe­guard­ing the vista of Dun­fermline Abbey from the south.

More than 50 ob­jec­tions were lodged and Cross­ford, Rosyth and Charlestown, Limekilns and Pat­ties­muir com­mu­nity coun­cils were not in favour of the de­vel­op­ment.

Fears in­cluded the im­pact on lo­cal roads and on ser­vices, in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tion and health, and on the land­scape.

The ques­tion of health ser­vices was also raised by Labour coun­cil­lor An­drew Verrecchia, who noted there was land al­lo­cated for a GP surgery “but health­care goes be­yond that”.

“We have 2,000-plus houses. Mak­ing an as­sump­tion they will be in­hab­ited by two peo­ple – that’s 4,000 hu­man be­ings who have the propen­sity to re­pro­duce, so that is a lot of peo­ple.

“The ele­phant in the room is where is ev­ery­body go­ing to go when they are ill?”

The com­mit­tee heard NHS Fife did not raise any mat­ters for con­sid­er­a­tion when the site was al­lo­cated for use in the lo­cal de­vel­op­ment plan.

In ad­di­tion, the ap­pli­cant had made a com­mit­ment to re­serv­ing sites for GPs or den­tists if re­quired.

The ele­phant in the room is where is ev­ery­body go­ing to go when they are ill? COUN­CIL­LOR AN­DREW VERRECCHIA

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