Affordable flats plan for Burntisland school

The old primary school building in Burntisland
The old primary school building in Burntisland

The old primary school building in Burntisland which served pupils in the town for over 130 years could be given a new lease of life this year.

A planning application has been submitted to Fife Council to transform the Ferguson Place buildings into 30 affordable homes.

The site has lain empty since the end of the school year in July, when the old school was replaced by the purpose-built £12.6 million complex at Toll Park which opened its doors at the start of the new school term in August.

A public consultation exercise took place recently to gauge opinion on the redevelopment plans, with a formal proposal lodged with the Council last week.

The planning application shows that as well as the new flats, there will be parking spaces available for 48 vehicles. Parking at the old school site was often an issue, with traffic jams a regular occurence at dropping off and picking up times.

Drawings of the proposed development show that, if given the go-ahead, there would be very little change to the existing outside appearance of the building.

David Robertson, the Council’s team manager for affordable housing and regeneration, said: “Our planning application to convert the old Burntisland Primary School into affordable council housing is currently being considered by the planning authority. If approved, the site will provide 25 converted homes and five newbuild, three-bed townhouses, which will add to the provision of affordable housing in the area.Subject to planning consent, we would aim to start work on the site by November 2015.”

Councillor Peter George who represents the area, said: “I think these plans are wonderful for the town. We need a lot more affordable housing in Burntisland, and this would be a step in the right direction.”

Cllr George Kay added: “I look forward to discussing these plans at the earliest opportunity.”

A decision is expected early in the new year.