THE new face of council housing in north east Fife has been revealed, after the first new development in over 20 years was given the green light in Ladybank.
Councillors voted unanimously in favour of the Monks Moss project, with Howe of Fife representative Donald Lothian describing it as “a good news story all round”.
Twenty-two affordable homes will be built in the village, and work could start as early as this month.
The accommodation will be a mix of two-storey semi-detached houses and single-storey terraced homes for elderly and disabled tenants, plus one family bungalow.
Councillor Lothian welcomed approval of the scheme, saying: “The community in Ladybank is very comfortable with this development and is fully supportive of it.
“There is a recognition locally that new residential development, including council housing, is important for the continued prosperity of Ladybank.”
His comments were echoed by Councillor Andrew Arbuckle, chair of Fife Council’s north east area committee, which gave the project the go-ahead.
He said: “It’s great being able to tell local people that work will officially be starting on these houses.
“New council housing is greatly needed in the area and the first tenants could be moving into these properties in February next year.
“I am pleased that the exterior design of the properties is in keeping with the local surroundings and look forward to seeing work progressing on site over the course of the year.”
The development received six letters of representation, mainly raising concerns about increased traffic along the Beech Grove access route.
Councillor Lothian also added a note of caution about the general shortage of affordable housing in the Howe of Fife.
He said: “This affordable housing will be for rent and will help to alleviate the real shortage of affordable housing in the Howe of Fife and wider areas.
“But in reality it will only scratch the surface of the housing shortage due to the very large number of people on the council’s housing waiting list.”