Craw’s Nest housing plans go to Council

Housing plans for former Craw's Nest Hotel have gone to the Council
Housing plans for former Craw's Nest Hotel have gone to the Council

Plans for a retirement housing development at the site of the Craw’s Nest Hotel in Anstruther have been lodged with Fife Council.

Long a local landmark, the hotel had been on the market since 2013 but there were no takers for it as a going concern.

We’re committed to bringing forward proposals that benefit the local community

Steve Wiseman, managing director of McCarthy & Stone in Scotland

It closed last October for the winter season and owner Symphony Hotels and Leisure Ltd decided to make the closure permanent.

Developer McCarthy & Stone proposes building 39 one and two-bedroom apartments designed for people over 60, with a house manager and access to an emergency call system. It would also feature a shared lounge, guest accommodation and landscaped gardens.

Recent community consultation showed wide support for the proposal with the majority, 87 per cent, of people leaving feedback in favour of the plans and 89 per cent saying it was a good use for the site.

As a result of community feedback, several changes were made to the plans including to finishes and the additions of cottage/vegetable gardens for residents.

Steve Wiseman, managing director of McCarthy & Stone in Scotland, is pleased to be submitting the planning application.

He said: “I would like thank everyone who took part in the consultation. We take consultation very seriously and we’ve reflected the views of the community in the changes we’ve made to the original design.

“We’re committed to bringing forward proposals that benefit the local community. I believe this proposal will provide much-needed housing for older people in the area and prevent a well-known site from falling into disrepair.”

The application is expected to be considered by the Council later this year.