Affordable housing completed in Tayport

Scottish housing minister Keith Brown opens the new housing development at Garvie Brae in Tayport.
Scottish housing minister Keith Brown opens the new housing development at Garvie Brae in Tayport.

SCOTTISH housing minister Keith Brown visited north east Fife on Tuesday to officially open one of the area’s largest affordable housing developments in recent years.

Kingdom Housing Association has experienced high demand for homes in the 56-house development at Garvie Brae in Tayport which were built in just under two years for £5.2 million.

The development – which comprises 30 two-bedroomed flats and 25 three-bedroomed houses along with a four-bedroomed wheelchair access house – was built in response to the acute demand in north east Fife for affordable housing.

Mr Brown said: “Kingdom Housing Association is to be congratulated for delivering its latest development of quality, energy efficient homes.

“These 56 houses have been backed by a £3.7 million investment from the Scottish Government.

“It demonstrates our commitment to supporting housing associations and their tenants.

“This will not only provide new affordable homes for families in Fife, but will stimulate growth and support jobs in the construction sector and wider economy.”

Douglas Gray, chairperson of Kingdom Housing Association, said: “The very strong demand for these houses in north east Fife, where property prices are so high, underlines the need for continued and increased public investment in affordable housing in the area.

“This is one of our largest projects in recent times and I would like to pay tribute to the staff at Kingdom and also our Fife-based partners in this project who worked hard to deliver such a high quality development on time and on budget.”

He added; “The sustainable aspects of the Garvie Brae development should be highlighted.

“Each house has solar panel water heating and energy monitoring meters have also been provided in the properties.

“This will allow tenants to see and understand their energy consumption patterns, helping them to reduce their energy costs.”