Olympia development hope lingers on

The Olympia Arcade, Kirkcaldy
The Olympia Arcade, Kirkcaldy
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A PLAN to transform a church hall at Kirkcaldy’s Olympia Arcade into 16 flats is - technically - still on the table.

That’s despite the fact that over six years have lapsed since the application was lodged.

Members of the Kirkcaldy Area Committee heard yesterday (Wednesday) that the development was at an “impasse” because the developer was unwilling to contribute £56,000 to an initiative which funded improvements on the High Street.

Also, a contribution of £14,400 towards the provision of off-site affordable housing.

Fife Council’s solicitor Mary McLean advised negotiations were difficult given the developer only owned the top floor of the building.

Planners recommended the application be refused.

However, chairman Cllr Neil Crooks deferred the item to allow further discussion between council officers and owners at the site.

“We would obviously like to see that area of the High Street improved but it’s clearly a complicated matter,” he commented.