Since starting this site in 2010, we have been actively monitoring the work of Lomond Homes Ltd (and now Lomond the Avenues Ltd) with particular concern over the ongoing non-payment of their section 75 agreement for the New Farm Vales Development.
So far we have learned that Lomond Homes Ltd have frequently avoided their legal obligations through, what some people may consider, unethical practices.
We have recently had an update through a Freedom of Information request on the status of payments due by Lomond Homes Ltd. As yet, it will be no surprise to anyone, that Lomond Homes have still to make a payment.
What is of great concern is that Lomond Homes Ltd are seeking alterations to the clauses in the Section 75 agreement. The reply to our FOI request is below:
The section 75 agreement has already been heavily criticised as it already gives the developer plenty of leeway, yet Lomond Homes are now seeking alterations to give them even more leeway.
Will Lomond Homes be allowed to alter the Section 75 Agreement? If they are, we personally feel there should be a public inquiry into the developer, and they should not be given planning approval for any further developments in the Lochgelly area, until the Section 75 Agreement is paid in full.
Hopefully the Cowdenbeath Area Committee will look after the interests of the Lochgelly Community and reject Lomond Homes alterations. We will update the site as soon as we have an update.
We did mention a while back the scandal Lomond Homes caused in Falkland after it demolished a historic wall without permission. The Historic Falkland Action Group have recently won their case against Lomond Homes, and the developer is now required to rebuild the wall. 2
The Historic Falkland Action Group have stated on their website:
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WHO HAVE ASSISTED THE CAMPAIGN TO SAVE THIS PART OF FALKLAND’S HERITAGE FROM THE RAVAGES OF A DEVELOPER ENGAGED IN ILLEGAL DEMOLITION AND INAPPROPRIATE DEVELOPMENT 3
Congratulations to the group for preventing Lomond from riding roughshod over their community.
- Freedom of Information request via What Do They Know, http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/lomond_homes_section_75_agreemen_4 ↩
- The Courier, Developer Ordered to Rebuild Historic Wall, http://www.thecourier.co.uk/News/Fife/article/17238/developer-ordered-to-rebuild-falkland-wall.html ↩
- Historic Falkand Action Group, http://www.falkland.myzen.co.uk/falkland/ ↩