This new proposal comes after Persimmon Homes lodged an application for 357 residential units at Seggie Farm to the south-west of Guardbridge last year – a project which would double the population of the village.
McHale Enterprises is seeking planning permission in principle for 60 homes on a two-and-a-half hectare site adjacent to Motray Park in Guardbridge, alongside the reservoir which used to serve the former Eden Mill paper works. Just under a third of the 60 homes will be classed as affordable housing on disused former private recreation ground adjoining Guardbridge Bowling Club.
There are concerns about the height of the proposed houses in relation to the bowling green and fears that the development will increase traffic in the area. However, McHale Enterprises states these issues can be overcome and, if it secures approval in principle, it will bring forward forward a more detailed application.
“These proposals represent an excellent opportunity to develop this greenfield site which is allocated for housing in the Fife Local Development Plan,” the company said.
“The design considers the site’s key assets: its location directly adjacent to the existing reservoir is recognised within the design to create a strong waterfront presence, and the potential for future green network opportunities offered by the creation of open space within the site”.
“The layout considers the existing pipeline that runs below ground, through the site, and maximises this opportunity to create an expansive green landscape corridor.”
For full details of the application can be found at: https://planning.fife.gov.uk/online/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=PHKEQ6HFMQD00&activeTab=summary