Green light for massive Dunfermline development

© Kenny SmithThe site on Grange Rd, Dunfermline which is to be developed, with more than 2,000 homes planned
The site on Grange Rd, Dunfermline which is to be developed, with more than 2,000 homes planned

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, local shops and community facilities 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.”

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

“We pride ourselves on being transparent and accountable,” he added.

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.

“There is still a lot of work to do, in terms of working up a detailed plan for phase one, but I would think, if we are lucky, then maybe work could start towards the end of 2019.”

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.