Work could soon begin on building a new £3 million state-of-the-art nursing home in Falkland.
Three years after planning consent was given, the owners of Edward House, Colin and Margaret Smart, have confirmed they hope to begin the redevelopment of the former nursing home by spring this year.
The couple — who run several other nursing and care homes in Fife within the Kingdom Homes company — intend to demolish the Victoria building which sits in grounds close to the A912 village access, and construct a new three-storey 50-bed facility to be open by spring next year.
The new home, run by the Smarts’ other company Barrogil Ltd., will create 60 full-time equivalent posts once it is fully operational.
Edward House nursing home closed in 2009 and all residents were transferred to the newly built Preston House in Glenrothes.
Mr Smart said: “As a care home the old building wasn’t fit for purpose so the best course of action is to demolish it and build a new state-of-the-art care home in its place.
“I will also be in discussion with the local community council with a view to minimising disruption to local residents during the construction period.
“Following a specific request by a local resident, the new nursing home will revert to its previous name – Lomond Vale – when it reopens which it is anticipated will be in the spring of 2013.”
Local councillor David MacDiarmid said he was saddened that Mr and Mrs Smart had decided to build a 21st century building in the historic village.
He said he had hoped they would have sold off the property as a private house or small hotel, allowing the Victorian villa to remain intact.
“I was never comfortable with a plan which included the demolition of such a beautiful building and replace it with a building which will be so out of character with the rest of the village,” he said.
“Of course, I value the employment opportunities the nursing home will being since the factory is closing, but at what cost?”
The chair of Falkland Community Council Anthony Garrett said he would be meeting with Mr Smart to discuss the plans.