Developer reveals plans for 900 homes in Fife village

I&H BrownPreliminary plans have been unveiled to expand a Fife village by 900 new homes.

I&H Brown wants to build the major housing development to the south-west of Kelty and east of the M90.

Agents for the firm have submitted a formal request to Fife Council to determine whether the proposed development to the south of Cocklaw Street needs an environmental impact assessment.

The site, earmarked for development in the local plan, covers 46 hectares.

It is proposed the area would be developed primarily for housing, with a parcel of land set aside for up to 900 homes of a mixture of sizes.

Proposals also include a small to medium-sized supermarket at the entrance to the site just off the M90, a care home close to the main street and employment land.

Plans also include a bus route running thought the centre of the site to connect Cocklaw Street and Oakfield Street, a series of footpaths and cycle ways in green corridors and landscaping to mitigate noise from the motorway and ensure the development is integrated with the established village and local countryside.

Local MSP Alex Rowley, a former councillor for the area, said he and the local community council had pressed for a masterplan rather than a piecemeal development of the entire site.

He told The Courier: “That is because with this level of development – and it would be over a number of years – there has to be the proper infrastructure in place.

“It would need another school and its impact on health services would have to be looked at.

“Both schools are absolutely full, so I think there is the need for a new school and a new health centre.”

He added: “I was keen to ensure there would be a proper masterplan and a proper assessment of the impact on the village of Kelty.

“Obviously education and health have got to be the big issues, but then there are things like leisure and sports.

“Proper planning is needed to get it right and to know the facilities it is going to get.”

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