Decision on house plan expected within 12 weeks

Plan for proposed site of 101 new affordable homes at former Glencast works site in Methil
Plan for proposed site of 101 new affordable homes at former Glencast works site in Methil

A planning decision on more than 100 new homes in Methil is expected within the next 12 weeks.

Robertson Partnership Homes, part of Robertson Group, lodged a planning application to Fife Council to build 101 new homes on the site of the former Glencast Foundry at Methil Brae last week.

We believe we have submitted a plan to deliver much-needed housing and attractive public spaces which will create a new community in Methil.

Stewart Shearer, director for Robertson Partnership Homes

If successful, construction work would begin in the summer of this year, with work expected to last around 18 months.

The homes, which would be available for social rent from spring 2016, would be a mixture of one-bedroom cottage flats, two, three, four and five-bedroom terraced and semi-detached homes. There would also be a number of three-bedroom bungalows suitable for people in wheelchairs.

An area of public open space will also be created along the 5.6 hectare site’s river frontage to accommodate the River Leven footpath link and to create an attractive and high quality landscaped edge.

Stewart Shearer, director for Robertson Partnership Homes, said the plans to build the homes would contribute to Fife Council’s commitment to deliver 2700 new homes by 2017.

“Fife Council will deliver thousands of new affordable homes as it looks to grow and improve its housing stock,” he said. “This application would mark one of the largest new housing developments in the area for many years.

“We believe we have submitted a plan to deliver much-needed housing and attractive public spaces which will create a new community in Methil.

“We are looking forward to working with Fife Council as they review our application.”

In November, Fife Council’s executive committee approved the application in priniciple along with three other local sites - Turpie Road, Leven; 14 homes on the former gas works site in North Street, Leven; and 12 homes on the site of the Wellesley Road bowling green in Methil.