Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

MSP puts Cupar North development in the spotlight

North East Fife Liberal Democrat MSP Willie Rennie.
North East Fife Liberal Democrat MSP Willie Rennie.

A Fife MSP has delivered an impassioned plea to delay a debate about a massive expansion of Cupar.

Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie has warned the Cupar North development may be about to plunge the town down the same route as Dunfermline’s eastern expansion.

He has asked Fife Councillors who will discuss Fife’s development plan FIFEplan on Tuesday to put on hold this section of the plans.

The MSP has to written to the Executive Committee, stating: “Building 1,400 homes on the northern aspect of the town over the next two decades will be the largest and fastest expansion that the old county town of Fife will have ever experienced.

“From my direct experience the vast majority of residents are opposed and feel exasperated that their voices are not being heard.”

Mr Rennie warned: “I fear that the council may be about the repeat the mistakes experienced in the Dunfermline eastern expansion which I lived through as the MP for the area.

“It is almost an impossibility to plan effectively for the necessary infrastructure such as schools, health services, shops as well as roads and other forms of transport with such a large and fast expansion.

“It is the communities that inevitably suffer from such problems.”

He said he had been surprised that there was insufficient recognition that new, large developments like this needed to be future proofed with technologies such as modern district heating systems a requirement for developers.

“We need to plan for the long term rather than rush to meet house building targets,” he said.

“I have serious concerns that a proper analysis of the suitability of the site has not been undertaken.

“For example, we know flooding will increasingly become a problem for communities and needs to be addressed in advance.

“Finally, organic growth in other parts of Cupar and the surrounding villages has been hindered because of the singular focus on Cupar North.

“This centralised, eggs in one basket, approach is setting the area back.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]