THE GO-AHEAD has been given to demolish a historic linoleum factory in Kirkcaldy.
Scottish Enterprise has confirmed that listed building consent has now been granted for the former Nairn Linoleum Works in Nairn Street to be bulldozed early next year.
The move comes after councillors on Kirkcaldy’s area committee agreed to refer the application to Historic Scotland in June.
It has now allowed the demolition to go ahead, marking the end for a famous building that became an abandoned blot on the landscape.
The decision was taken after agreement was reached that the building had no economic future.
It has sat empty for 20 years and, more recently, has been wrapped in scaffolding.
Suggestions it could be turned into a creative arts hub and house the town’s library or be cleared and used as the site for the new swimming pool came to nothing,
A spokesman for Historic Scotland said: “We looked carefully at Scottish Enterprise’s application.
“As part of our assessment we examined the marketing information and development costs associated with the site.
“It was clear that the building’s economic re-use was not possible, even if it was sold for a nominal fee, and its re-use formed part of a redevelopment scheme occupying the wider site.
“We therefore agreed that the demolition test has been met and cleared the case for Fife Council to issue.”
While the building is set to vanish from the landscape, there are currently no plans for the site.
A spokesman for Scottish Enterprise said: “Listed building demolition consent has been granted and we are currently compiling the appropriate paperwork to make it happen.
“The building has been vacant for the past 20 years despite considerable efforts to make the site attractive and cost-effective to private sector development, and demolition is expected to open up new opportunities for future development.”
David Torrance, Kirkcaldy MSP, said: “Although I will be sad to see something that has played such an important part in the history of Kirkcaldy disappear, I welcome the opportunities it will open up.
“In discussions I have had with Scottish Enterprise they have indicated they plan to demolish the building in early 2013.
“This will free up the land and allow any future developer to proceed with a new enterprise without having the burden of refurbishing a listed building.”
He added: “I would hope that the potential offered once the land has been cleared will be quickly recognised and will help in the regeneration of the east part of Kirkcaldy.”