STRATHKINNESS COMMUNITY COUNCIL.
6 Mount Melville Crescent,
21st December 2009.
Keith Winter, Esq.,
Head of Development Services,
I refer to previous correspondence from Development Services regarding the above Plan. The Community Council has studied and discussed the proposals outlined in the Plan and, on their behalf, I submit their comments and observations.
Proposed Housing Developments:-
Additional comments by Councillors :-
As the closest community to the west of St.Andrews any major expansion along the Strathkinness High and Low Roads would bring St. Andrews within 1 mile of Strathkinness and an inevitable increase in traffic volumes through our village. What consideration will be given to improving the road networks serving St. Andrews?
There is little practical evidence of external commercial organisations pushing for an involvement with the University.
The belief that St.Andrews needs, or will benefit from, the additional housing is suspect.
The Fife Planning Authority has missed a golden opportunity to concentrate on a business sector which the unique conditions within St. Andrews could support, i.e. retirement services with attendant accommodation. Personal security, ease of access to the town, recreational facilities, transport infrastructure for movement of individuals outside peak work related trips, all appeal to a population sector that could spread the use of local services more evenly throughout the year.
There is no plan to increase student numbers. Why does the University need to expand?
A potential increase in the town’s population of at least 3000 people will only add to the already congested town centre infrastructure.
A large proportion of affordable housing should be managed by Housing Associations and should not enter the housing market for at least 10 years. This would help to stabilise this housing sector.
How many people who live in St.Andrews actually work in St.Andrews? Will the 1000 houses just add to the growing dormitory population who clog the roads in and out of the town every working day? Fife Council should prioritise new building where jobs already exist.
Thank you for this opportunity to express the considered views of the Community Council and look forward to the continuing debate.
Iain Duncan. Secretary.