Scotland

New council homes for Fife

Ostleres Way An exciting new project at Ostlers Way, Kirkcaldy, will see the creation of 32 new council houses.

The development is part of Fife Council’s new build programme, which has recently celebrated the news of a £840,000 grant from the Scottish Government’s Innovation and Investment Fund. This will be the fourth time that the council has successfully bid for Scottish Government capital in order to facilitate their five-year plan to build new homes in the region.

Councillor Brian Goodall, chair of the Housing and Communities committee recently visited the Ostlers Way site in order to view the progress being made. He welcomed the funding news, saying:

“I’m really delighted that once again we’ve managed to secure Scottish Government money to help us build even more council homes in the Kingdom.

“We have already begun to deliver our programme of new build council houses in other areas, in partnership with the Scottish Government and this additional support will ensure that we can keep up the pace with our new build programme and continue to improve access to housing for people who need it most. It’s also great to be able to announce this news as we stand on site, viewing the progress at our developments in Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline – it really is a great week for our new build plans.”

Councillor Donald Macgregor, vice-chair of the committee, added: “This is great news and the Scottish Government money will be put to good use to help us continue to provide housing in areas of Fife which are in greatest need.”

The development will comprise modern detached, semi-detached and terraced houses, ranging from one to three storeys in height. In addition, there will be three amenity bungalows and three properties that will be suitable for wheelchairs and facilitate tenants with specific needs. The proposal also includes the provision of landscaping and a large area of public open space.

In addition to the Ostlers Way project, 30 new council homes will be built in Blacklaw Road, Dunfermline. The development will comprise a mixture of two, three and four-bedroom one and two-storey detached and semi-detached homes. There will also be eight amenity bungalows and three properties that will be suitable for wheelchair users.

Housing Minister, Keith Brown, said: “Fife Council is to be congratulated for helping reverse the decline in council houses.

“The local authority has enthusiastically embraced these positive measures, helping to increase supply and deliver quality, affordable rented homes for people.

“These developments, backed by £840,000 from the Scottish Government, helps the local house building sector by supporting jobs, which provides a boost to the local economy.

“In addition to this funding, the Scottish Government will also back local housing associations in Fife to the tune of more than £3.5m to build a further 116 affordable houses in the area.”

 

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