Former school sites to be used for new homes

The former Dunearn Primary in Kirkcaldy
The former Dunearn Primary in Kirkcaldy

Fife Council has cleared the way for two former primary school sites to to used for affordable housing developments.

The site of the former Dunearn Primary School in Kirkcaldy and the old Burntisland Primary School building and its grounds have been earmarked for development to provide much-needed housing for rent.

Councillors this week agreed both sites should be transferred from the Council’s education portfolio to its housing revenue account (HRA), which will be responsible for funding and managing the developments.

Dunearn Primary closed in June 2012, and the school building and school house have already been demolished. Planning permission was granted last year for 66 homes on the site.

Ken Gourlay, head of asset management, said the development would contribute towards the Council’s target of delivering 2700 new affordable homes by 2017.

He added: “Of the 23 Fife Council owned sites currently in the Affordable Housing Programme, Cawdor Cresecent is the second largest site in terms of number of units.

“Therefore this site represents a significant number of units in relation to the rest of the in-house sites.”

The new £12.6m Burntisland Primary at Toll Park opened last summer, and the old school at Ferguson Place is no longer required for educational purposes, allowing it to be allocated for residential use.

The old school is a listed building, and plans submitted in December involve retaining the structure and converting it into 25 homes, mainly one and two bedroom properties. A further five homes are planned for the school grounds.

The Council hopes work on both sites will be able to start later this year. The Scottish Government has agreed to contribute £924,000 towards the project in Kirkcaldy, and £320,000 towards the development in Burntisland.