Water works upgrade agreed for new homes

Councillors and community councillors at the site of the new housing in Guardbridge.
Councillors and community councillors at the site of the new housing in Guardbridge.

Construction of 66 affordable homes in Guardbridge is underway after agreement was reached over the upgrade of the area’s water system.

The much-needed homes are being built on a greenfield site at Toll Road by Fife builders Campion Homes for Kingdom Housing Association, and are expected to be completed by early 2016.

The £8.17 million development will provide 56 homes for social rent and 10 more for mid-market rent, with the properties ranging from one and two-bedroomed amenity cottage flats, to two and three-bedroomed family homes.

All of the houses will be built to high energy efficiency standards and will be set in a low density village-style layout.

The project has received grant assistance of £4.29m from the Scottish Government, Scottish Water and Fife Council.

As part of the works, the Scottish Water infrastructure will be upgraded to address the water capacity issue within the area.

Charles Milne, Kingdom’s chairman, said: “This project would not have been possible without the support of our partners to address the water capacity issues in the area.

“We are really pleased that funding has now been secured to enable work to start on site.”

Councillor Tim Brett added: “I am delighted this much needed development is going ahead and would commend Kingdom Housing for the design of the project and the way in which they have kept the community informed in its development.

“The new housing will be a boost for Guardbridge and will have excellent transport links to other parts of north east Fife.”