Fife Council raises concerns about further delays to the Fife local development plan

FIFE Council’s depute leader, Councillor Lesley Laird, has once again expressed concern followingthe news from the Scottish Government’s Planning and Environmental Appeals Division DPEA,that the Fife local development plan has been further delayed due to “unforeseen circumstances”.

Depute Leader and Spokesperson for Planning and Economy, Councillor Lesley Lairdsaid: “I’m deeplyconcerned at this further postponement to the Fife local development plan. I have once again written to the Minister for Local Government and Housing, Kevin Stewart MSP.

“I’ve asked the Minister to clarify what the “unforeseen circumstances” are so that we can work together with DPEA colleagues to do all we can to make sure the report is published week beginning 14 November, the latest date we’ve been given.”

“These delays are causing uncertainly in the Fife economy and anxiety for communities and developers. There are a number of major planning applications where the applicants are awaiting the outcomes of the examination before progressing with their applications.

“As well as the significant overrun of timescales, the cost to the Council is considerable and continues to escalate. I have again asked the Scottish Government the extent to which DPEA should cover the costs arising from the ongoing delay.”

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