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Star’s population could explode if new private housing gets go-ahead

An artist impression of how the new housing could look.
An artist impression of how the new housing could look.

A Fife village could see its population significantly increase if plans for a new housing development are given the go ahead.

Campion Homes is seeking planning permission for 29 new houses at the former West End Dairy site at the edge of Star of Markinch, a settlement of just 400 people.

Concerns have been expressed about the prospect of over-development in the area, and the size and height of the houses featured within the blueprint.

However, Campion Homes is confident a consultation held  in February with the community council and local residents has sufficiently ironed out the more controversial issues prior to the latest application being tabled.

A statement produced on behalf of Campion Homes has urged Fife councillors to support the blueprint for the area.

“The proposed development will provide 29 private houses for young people, families and elderly in an attractive, edge of village setting,” it added.

“Any community concerns regarding size and height of dwellings was tempered when advised that the development was a mix of bungalows and one-and-a-half storey houses.

“It was also acknowledged the new dwellings were orientated to prevent overlooking issues and that a green fringe and open space in the former SUDS Area preserved privacy and views from the existing dwellings.”

The firm, which is currently building 100 homes at Leven’s Law View,  also claims the development will help the village’s future sustainability, suggesting the point had been raised a number of times during February’s consultation.

“It was acknowledged that the additional houses would add vitality to and assist in preserving the last remaining community facilities within the village,” the statement added.

Not everyone appears to be in favour of the development, however.

At least one objection has been tabled so far in relation to road traffic concerns and, should more than five objections be received by Fife Council, the application will have to be considered by councillors.

Gwen Allen, who lives in the area, remarked: “Absolutely not. Road too narrow and accident waiting to happen.”

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