The derelict former Glencast metal works site could be transformed as part of plans to build over 150 new council houses in Levenmouth.
Four housing developments in the area have been approved in principle by Fife Council’s executive committee, with the biggest being at Steel Brae, Methil, where the proposal is to build 101 new homes.
A further 31 homes are proposed for Turpie Road, Leven, on a plot next to the Aldi store; 14 homes are proposed for the former gas works site in North Street, Leven; and 12 homes on the site of the Wellesley Road bowling green in Methil.
Levenmouth councillor Andrew Rodger welcomed the prospect of new council homes for rent, which would at least go some way towards tackling the chronic shortage of housing and boost the area’s economy.
He said: “We need homes for the people who have jobs in places such as the energy park. We want the people who work here to live here and spend their money here, which will boost the local ecomony and help attract more businesses and retailers.
“We need people staying in the area instead of travelling here to work and then taking their money back to Edinburgh, Glasgow or wherever.”
There are over 800 people on the housing waiting list for Leven, and 600 in Methil. Last year, there was a turnover of just 52 council homes in Leven and 97 in Methil.
The greatest demand is for one and two-bedroom properties which, in turn, could free up larger homes for families in the area as some tenants look to downsize.
Councillor Judy Hamilton, executive member for housing, said she was pleased the committee had given the go- ahead for the proposals to be progressed. The next stage will involve Council officers negotiating contracts with developers to build the properties. It’s hoped the new homes could be built by 2016.
Cllr Hamilton said: “We must continue to tackle the long housing list that is faced by the Council and housing associations.
“These developments could contribute vastly towards our target for more much-needed affordable housing in Fife.”