Outrage at demoliton plans for old school

The school dates back to 1907
The school dates back to 1907
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The Scottish Government is being pressed to call in a planning application to demolish an historic building in Kinross to make way for housing.

Bathgate-based Persimmon Homes wants to knock down the Edwardian frontage of the former Kinross High School and build 102 houses on the site.

But their plans have attracted a storm of protest and now Liz Smith, Conservative MSP for mid Scotland and Fife, has written to Minister for Local Government Derek Mackay urging him to call the application in.

The school site has lain empty since the new Loch Leven Community Campus opened in 2010 and, while local residents are keen to see the site redeveloped, more than 100 objections have been received to Persimmon Homes’ plans.

The school lies within a conservation area and critics have expressed outrage at plans to knock down the school’s Edwardian facade, which they say is an important part of the town’s heritage.

“The proposed development represents a departure from the local development plan and goes against a number of local development plan policies,” said Ms Smith.

“Concerns have been expressed regarding the insufficient number of parking spaces and the fact that the development would put the local primary school over capacity.

“Local democracy is all about local communities having their voice heard and for these concerns to be listened to and acted upon.”

However Persimmon Homes says the proposals have been prepared with cognisance to the council’s policies and guidance as well as broader government guidance and advice.

The buildings need to be demolished because they’re in such a state of disrepair and are not sufficiently important to retain.

“The proposals will deliver a high-quality residential development of much-needed family housing in a safe, connected and integrated way,” said the developer.