County Buildings site targeted for housing

Part of Cupar’s historic County Buildings could be turned into affordable housing in a project earmarked to get under way next summer.

Fife Council, provided planning permission is secured, hopes the 18 flats, which would be located at the western end of the listed buildings, will meet an urgent need for such housing.

The one and two-bedroom accommodation would utilise empty offices fronting St Catherine Street as well as an area at the rear currently occupied by an extension, which would be demolished to make way for the new housing.

Housing project officer Carole Kennedy and Neil Paterson, an architect with the Council, outlined the plans when they addressed members of Cupar Community Council – in the County Buildings – on Tuesday night.

Ms Kennedy detailed the authority’s desire to provide more affordable housing over the next five years, as part of a £112 million building programme.

Vacant rooms had been identified in the County Buildings and a feasibility study for affordable housing had been undertaken.

It was planned to provide affordable houses in Cupar and the Howe of Fife , with 45 per cent of those on the waiting list seeking one or two bedroom properties.

There was a high demand for such housing in the Cupar area with more than 300 people indicating that the town was their first choice.

Ms Kennedy added: “The (County Buildings) housing would address a local need and reuse a key building in a conservation area that may not have another use.”

If approved, she expected the housing to be completed by July 2015.

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