The Scottish Government has backed a developer’s plan for a Kirkcaldy eyesore by investing £475,000 to transform a proportion of the proposed Station Court flats into affordable homes.
The government’s Town Centre Empty Homes Fund – earmarked to convert abandoned and empty town centre buildings into accessible housing – will go towards five of the 19 properties at Station Court, making them eligible as intermediate rent properties.
The successful applicants of the £4million fund were announced by Alex Neil, Social Justice Secretary, on Monday, and developer Limetree Properties was the recipient of £475,000, one of the largest sums awarded.
Mr Neil said: “Making use of existing housing stock can make a real difference to people and communities, and we know the transformation of these spaces will have a huge impact.”
Encouraged by the investment in Kirkcaldy, David Torrance, MSP said: “This is great news and much sought after, particularly for those at the lower end of the income market.
“It will return a building which is derelict, back into accessible housing which is badly needed in the Kirkcaldy area.
“Station Court has been an eyesore for a number years.
‘‘Plans have fallen by the wayside as planning application after planning application has been rejected.
But Mr Torrance is hopeful that Limetree Properties and Fife Council will be able to keep the project’s momentum going.
“I hope progress by the developer and the planning department move the project forward as quickly as possible which will help to regenerate the whole of the town centre area,” he added.
Daniel Multon, development director at Limetree Properties has commended the initiative and is looking forward to working in conjunction with Fife Council to deliver Station Court much needed affordable housing.
He said: “This type of housing is vital for the area and the whole of Kirkcaldy is behind it.”
The support is being delivered alongside the Empty Homes Partnership, which since 2010 has brought more than 900 homes across Scotland back into use.
The partnership is run by the housing charity Shelter Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government.
Adam Lang, Shelter Scotland, said: “Empty homes projects funded in this way will not only make a crucial addition to the affordable housing supply, but also demonstrate the major impact that bringing empty properties back into use can have.”
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