New Kirkcaldy care home is a step closer

An artist's impression of the new care home
An artist's impression of the new care home

Planning permission has been granted for a new care home in Kirkcaldy.

Members of Fife Council’s Central Area planning committee agreed to the outline design for the home at their meeting on Friday.

Councillor Judy Hamilton, Executive spokesman for social work and health, said: “This is excellent news and marks a key point in the project.

“A lot of work has taken place to design the care home and ensure that it will meet the needs of service users now and in the future.

“Since last October when the decision to replace Appin House and Raith Gates was taken, social work officers have been having lots of discussions with service users, families, staff, the Care Inspectorate and the University Of Stirling Dementia Services Centre to gather ideas and views.

“We have also made visits to other new care homes across Scotland to learn from what they have done.

“All this information has been taken into account and included in the design options. I look forward to seeing it all take shape over the coming year.”

Councillor Neil Crooks, chairman of Kirkcaldy Area Committee, added: “I welcome the outcome of the planning committee. This is great news for Kirkcaldy and the surrounding area.

“As part of our vision to help people live independently in the community, this exciting project will also include extra care housing which will be subject to a further planning application soon.

“This will not only meet the needs of people now but also for future generations.”

It is expected that the official care home works on site will commence in October with completion targeted for October 2014.

The new care village will be built at Ostler’s Way, Kirkcaldy. It will feature:

l A 60 bed care home

l Day Care facility

l A drop-in area and café for older people in the community

l A hairdressing salon

l A minimum of 20 extra-care housing units (these will provide more support to older people than traditional sheltered houses)

l Meals on Wheels kitchen facility for the Kirkcaldy area