Scottish Reporter rejects controversial housing proposal

A controversial housing development proposal for 80 houses in Aberdour has been dismissed by the Scottish Reporter.
The proposal, submitted by Campion Homes, attracted over 700 letters of objection before being rejected by West Area Planning Committee in July.
Following submission of an appeal, the Scottish Reporter today (Tuesday) agreed the development would be a “prominent and unwelcome” intrusion in the landscape setting of Aberdour.
He also pointed out that the size of the development would represent a “disproportionately large increase in the extent of the village” compared with “small-scale incremental growth that has characterised the development of the village hitherto”.
In reaction, Lesley Laird MP said: “I’m delighted by the Scottish Reporter’s decision to refuse this application.
“They’ve listened to the voice of the community and taken on board the valid reasons why a development like this is inappropriate for Aberdour.
“I hope that Campion Homes will now accept this democratic decision and focus on developing their other sites in Fife.
“Of course, we now await the reporters’ decision on Cala’s proposal for Main Street in Aberdour.
“It would be a great Christmas present for battle weary residents in the village if the reporter rejects this hostile application too.”