Aberdour residents wins housing development decision

Aberdour residents have secured a victory after West Planning Committee rejected two major house development plans in the village.

An 85-house application by Cala Homes on a field south of Main Street,  recommended for approval by planning officers, was unanimously rejected by members of the committee today (Wednesday).

A Campion development for 80 houses at the westerly end of Aberdour, near Nether Bouprie Farm, which was recommended for refusal, was also thrown out.

Lesley Laird, MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, said: “I am delighted for the Aberdour community that their long struggle has, at least for today, been rewarded by a just and fair decision from the West Planning Committee.

“Cala’s relentless pursuit of this site was absolutely typified by its attempts earlier today, through an email sent by its PR agency to all councillors, to undermine the Residents’ Group and my own attempts to ensure a level playing field.

“The fact they hired a PR company to protect their interests simply gives further weight to the call by Scottish Labour for reform of the planning system.

“A decision to build houses based on housing shortage should be evidenced by sound facts – not on old data which in only two weeks’ time may be disputed by SESplan 2.

“Furthermore, even if housing need is soundly established, it’s imperative the right site is chosen for development.

“The Government reporter previously threw Cala’s application out for those very reasons – and if an appeal is forthcoming, I would hope that, in this case, history will repeat itself.

She concluded: “It really is David v Goliath. Today David won. Let’s hope they can enjoy their victory without further threat of bulldozers.”

Pic: Lesley Laird with Easter Aberdour Residents’ Group