‘Monolithic’ or a welcome addition in Kinghorn?

Architect's impression of the 27 flats proposed for Kinghorn
Architect's impression of the 27 flats proposed for Kinghorn

Plans to build flats on the site of a demolished care home in Kinghorn would have a negative impact on a newly-restored historic building it has been claimed.

Fife Historic Buildings Trust believes the setting of the former Town Hall, constructed in 1826, would be adversely affected - and it has now added its objection to the proposal.

Campion Homes want to build around 27 affordable Council flats close to the B-listed building.

So far around 90 objections to the development - on the site of the demolished Caberfeidh care home at the junction of Bruce Street and Ladyburn Place - have been submitted along with a 135-signature petition.

Campion owns the site and is developing the project on behalf of Fife Council.

The Trust’s executive board of trustees said the modern three-storey building would be ‘too large and monolithic’ and made its views known on the application as the Trust owns the former Kinghorn Town Hall - situated close to the development site.

The Trust invested £800,000 into restoring the B-listed hall which now serves as tourist accommodation as well as being the Trust’s administrative base.

In a letter to the Council, the Trust said: “The site is adjacent to the conservation area, and close to several listed buildings, including our own.

‘‘We consider the proposed design would detract from the character of the conservation area, the setting of the listed buildings, and in particular, the wider setting of and views to and from the former Town Hall.”

The Royal Burgh of Kinghorn Community Council also objected saying the building is too large and the design does not take account of the site’s proximity to the town’s conservation area and listed buildings.

The community council also voiced worries about the lack of car parking, and the impact on road safety.

But Campion Homes believes the flats will regenerate an important brownfield area and complement the surrounding buildings.

It said that car parking and road safety are considered during the planning process and that the plans were subject to the recommended pre-application process.

It pointed out the building immediately opposite the Town Hall is a three storey building, adding that it was committed to meeting the need for affordable housing in the area.