Flats plan approved for former 'Green Cockatoo' restaurant in Kirkcaldy town centre

The new development, which will see three new flats built in the east end of the High Street, has been given the go-ahead by Fife Council.

Monday, 3rd May 2021, 12:20 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 10:52 am

Developer, Jack Anderson, from Balfron, lodged a planning application with Fife Council to breathe new life into 275 High Street which has now been given full planning permission.

The property above the Cafe Continental has been empty for a number of years. It was originally classed as a restaurant, but, in 1999, an application was made to turn it into four one-bedroom flats.

The current proposal cuts the number of homes to three.

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The new development will see three new flats built in the east end of the High Street.

In a supporting statement with the application, it reveals the property was last used as an eaterie when it was the iconic ‘Green Cockatoo’ Restaurant and Tea Rooms - a very popular and highly regarded establishment in Kirkcaldy which stopped trading in the 1980s.

The statement said: “The full property was subsequently purchased by a developer. That part of the building which faced on to the High Street was converted to three no. residential flats; the rear extended area was refurbished and converted into a wine bar and restaurant (currently trading as the Café Continental). It is the applicant’s proposal to convert that part of the remaining

structure, accessed from the High Street via an existing stone spiral staircase to three no. residential flats.”

The Cherry Wood Room in the Green Cockatoo restaurant, which traded in Kirkcaldy High Street. It stopped trading in the 1980s and now the property is due to be turned into flats.

Derek Simpson, for head of planning services, Fife Council, approved the plans with certain conditions which included particular designs for the windows, details of crowstep stones to be reinstated or replaced and other conditions for the rooflights and upgrading of the floors to ensure the character and appearance of the listed building, the conservation area and visual amenity of the area is preserved.

He added: “The development is acceptable in terms of the relevant provisions of the development plan, being those relating to the principle of development, design/visual impact/built heritage, transportation infrastructure and residential amenity. Overall, it is considered that the development accords with the development plan and that there are no relevant material considerations of sufficient weight to indicate that the development plan should not be accorded the priority which the statute has given to it.”

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