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Fife Council’s Planning Committee was updated on progress recently on the forthcoming Lochgelly Charrette.

Internationally acclaimed designer, Andres Duany and his team, will be heading to Lochgelly between 8 and 13 March 2010 to work with the local community, developers, landowners and Planners as part of the Scotland Charrette, the Scottish Government’s Sustainable Communities Initiative.

A charrette is a form of intensive and focused community engagement. Its aim of the process is to capture the vision, values and ideas of the community. Each day the design team works to rapidly progress design options for the Lochgelly area that can then be tested through workshops the next day.

The Miners Institute has been identified as the venue for the design studio with the public meetings taking place in the Lochgelly Town Hall.

Councillor John Beare, Chair of Fife Council’s Planning Committee and the Councils ‘Urban Design Champion’, welcomed the progress of the Charrette and added: “I cannot stress enough how exciting an opportunity this is for Lochgelly and Fife. We have the World leading designers coming to the town and an opportunity for everybody in Lochgelly to influence the way we plan our urban and green spaces in the future. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we should do all we can to encourage the local community and interested parties to get involved, work together and feed into the process.”

For further information on the Lochgelly Charrette, contact David Thompson on 08451 55 55 55 + Ext 47 70 05

End Notes

Andrés Duany (born September 7, 1949) is an American architect and urban planner. Duany was born in New York City but grew up in Cuba until 1960. Duany is a co-founder and emeritus board member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, established in 1993. He has co-authored two books: “Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream” and “The New Civic Art.” New Urbansim has received challenges from free-market ideologues, on the right, that challenge his “Social Engineering” whilst neo-modernist defenders on the left, attack his “insipid nostalgia”.

Andrés Duany

New Urbanism

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  1. Christine McGrath

    March 2, 2010 at 11:07 am

    When I heard at the last Community Council meeting that the Lochgelly Charrette was to be based around the existing local plan I had serious doubts as to whether local people would really have any influence on the future of our town.

    Over the years we have been “consulted” on a number of issues affecting our town and have not been listened to. e.g the people expressly said that they wanted no more flats to be built in Lochgelly as we already have a high proportion of flatted accommodation in the town – what happens? over the past couple of years we have had more flats built and yet more are planned for the South Street area.

    We were not consulted when plans for a supermarket on the Weathermac site were rejected and the vast majority of people in Lochgelly and surrounding areas are in favour of this project going ahead. Will we be listened to now that McDonald Estates have resubmitted their proposals? – I for one very much doubt it.

    Over the years a vast amount of money has been spent on the “Regeneration” of Lochgelly. I feel that a lot of it has been spent on intangible things – e.g fees to agencies that have carried out consultations and plans that have been drawn up and scrapped. We were promised much and after all these years progress has been made (with new housing and the refurbishment iof the Miner’s Institute) but not to the extent we expected.

    The Charrettes will be another costly venture – will it really be influenced by what the people who live here want?

    I am left with a dilema – do I encourage people to get involved and hope it will make a difference? or do I say don’t bother it’s just another paper exercise?

    I will be going along to air my views and have my say I leave it up to you to decide whether or not to participate


  2. R Innes

    March 7, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    I strongly object to any proposed housing to the south of Lochgelly especially to the rear of property at Watters Crescent. This is used by the public for country walks. I will fight this with every legal avenue open to me. My beautiful view of the pentlands is the one of the things I value. How dare Fife Council even suggest taking it away.

    Duloch Park was lovely until “social housing” was introduced and now the residents have to endure drug dealers and a sharp increase of crime. There has been no increase of police presence despite the area’s size.

    There is already industrial units in Lochgelly that are not be used so hey let’s add a business centre which will be filled by Fife Council as no one else will use it.

    This is not a true consultation because if it was the majority of residents would reject the whole process. This has been decided without involving the Lochgelly Public. I have already contacted my neighbours and we are planning to discuss our next plan of action after the decision has been steam rollered through.


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