In some areas of Fife land may be affected by contamination due to former land uses, industrial processes, accidental spillages and waste disposal. This land needs to be carefully managed to avoid any unnecessary risks to human health, future development as well as protecting the natural environment. If you are aware of, or suspect any such contamination on the land you wish to develop you will need to inform us when you submit your application. There are no formally designated contaminated land sites in Fife at the present time. In the future, if a piece of land is determined as contaminated you will be able to access this information by contacting email@example.com
You will need Listed Building Consent from Fife Council if you wish to alter, extend or demolish a listed building. Please check our pages on listed buildings for further information. In some cases we will need to consult with Historic Scotland before we can make a decision on your application.
Article 4 Directions
Some areas due to their importance have additional constraints attached to them. Article 4 Directions are issued by Fife Council where we require specific control over developments. They are more commonly applied in conservation areas. An Article 4 Direction removes permitted development rights thereby making it necessary to obtain planning permission. If you are unsure whether the site you wish to develop/alter is covered by an Article 4 Direction please contact us before you begin any work.
If we believe your application site is in an area identified as a flood site we have a duty to consult with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). They will advise us on any flood risk as well as advise on flood prevention measures. Further information relating to flooding can be found on SEPA web page. Additional information is also available from Scottish Government publication Online Planning Advice on Flood Risk.
There are a number of sites in Fife which have Hazardous Substances Consent. These sites are protected by buffer zones which will restrict any development proposals. Environmental Services will provide further information on the storage and disposal of hazardous substances.
Planning Advice Note 56 Planning and Noise provides guidance on the use of statutory powers to negate the impact of noise in relation to a new application. Conditions may be attached to a planning application to minimise noise pollution. These conditions will only be imposed where necessary to the planning process.
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