A controversial blueprint for luxury flats aimed at taking advantage of stunning views over the Tay to the new V&A has been recommended for approval.
Officials say plans for 29 new homes on the site of the former Netherlea Hospital in Newport should be approved by councillors, subject to developers making a financial contribution towards the cost of an extension to Wormit Primary School.
Nine objections have been submitted to the project, which will comprise a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments on West Road. Some locals have branded the houses “hideous”, “like Lego” and out of keeping with other properties in the area.
A report to tomorrow’s north-east Fife planning committee said permission should be given, subject to conditions including a legal commitment to contribute to the £600,000 price tag for the Wormit Primary School extension.
Report author Alex Laidler noted the objectors say there will be a loss of residential amenity, the potential for noise and disturbance and a negative impact on biodiversity, drainage and traffic issues – but all have been discounted by planners.
Despite concerns about the need to demolish the old hospital, the report said the application was “acceptable in its current form”.