A DEVELOPMENT of new homes is now under construction on the site of the former Bell Baxter High School at West Port in Cupar.
Demolition work is almost complete and will make way for a mix of two, three and four bedroom Fife Council homes for rent, including some amenity housing and two bedroom flats for mid-market rent by Kingdom Housing Association.
A small business centre of nine offices, available for rent, will also form part of the development, which will retain a substantial element of the former school building’s West Port street frontage.
Councillor Donald Macgregor, vice-chair of the housing and communities committee, said: “It’s great to see work thoroughly underway on this disused area of Cupar which is being redeveloped to help deliver affordable housing in an area of high demand.
“This is an important regeneration project in Cupar and I believe that the creation of a small business centre as part of the development will help support employment in the town centre and contribute to the long term success of this project.”
Alan McGuckin, chief executive of Kingdom Housing Association, said: “This will be our first mid-market rent project in Cupar and demand for the flats is already high.
“The project is a partnership with Fife Council and the collaborative working allows us to meet a range of housing needs.
“In addition to meeting the housing needs in the area, a project of this nature also helps regenerate the town centre and through the building contract, it will assist the local economy by providing jobs in the construction sector.”
Housing minister Keith Brown said: “Fife Council and Kingdom Housing Association are to be congratulated as they start on site on this exciting joint development of quality affordable homes.
“Both Fife Council and Kingdom Housing Association have been backed by £0.675 million of investment from the Scottish Government on this site through our Innovation & Investment Fund.
“It demonstrates our commitment to supporting councils, housing associations and their tenants.