Collective plan to secure the future of Leslie House

Leslie House
Leslie House

The future of Leslie House was the main topic of discussion when members from Heritage Scotland met with Fife Council last week.

The meeting comes in the wake of last month’s decision to refuse a planning application to build houses within the grounds of the B-listed building.

A bid to remove the ‘enabling development’ clause from the proposal would have effectively finished any realistic chance to bring back the once stately home to anything like what it once was.

The meeting, which was also attended by representatives from Sundial Properties, the current owner of Leslie House, agreed that, for a variety of reasons, not least the current state of the housing market, it now seems unlikely that the building will be converted into flats.

A jointly agreed development brief will be produced giving any developer the information to fully explore all possible future uses.

The home has laid derelict since a fire gutted the building in February 2009.

“Developers to come forward with ideas”

Glenrothes Area Committee chairman, councillor Fiona Grant, whose ward Leslie House is in, attended the meeting.

She said: “I think the acknowledgement that conversion into flats now looks highly unlikely is a game changer.

“It opens the door to any developer out there to come forward with innovative proposals for this fabulous and nationally important site.

“I look foward to the launch of the development brief to start the process.”