Kirkcaldy care home plan up in air

Victoria Road Sub station.  Pic by Fife Photo Agency
Victoria Road Sub station. Pic by Fife Photo Agency

The future of a historic Kirkcaldy building hangs in the balance after councillors opted to delay a decision until they visited the site.

Members of Fife Council’s central area planning committee recently agreed to visit the former Victoria Power Station on Victoria Road after developers proposed to build a care home on the land. The iconic building was constructed in 1901.

Council planners recommended the plans be refused, but members opted to take a closer look at the 111-year-old dilapidated building before making a final decision on its future.

The developer, United Investments Co Ltd - which owns the Victoria Road site - has submitted plans to construct a care home and applied for listed building consent to demolish the former power station.

In a statement with the application, the developer said: “The care home will create a strong street frontage along Victoria Road, will be two storeys in height and will facilitate around 70 bedrooms. It will complement other care home facilities in Kirkcaldy.

“The proposal is predicated on listed building consent being granted for the demolition of the listed power station.”

But Fife Council planner David Shankland said: “The principle of development is not considered acceptable as the applicant has failed to provide adequate justification for the demolition of the Category B-listed building and has failed to demonstrate that every effort has been made to retain, at a minimum, the main façade.”

Councillor Kay Carrington proposed a site visit, which will take place over the next few weeks.