Work could start on new homes on site of fire-ravaged Kirkcaldy school within months

Work could start on the site of a fire-ravaged former high school in Kirkcaldy within months.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 1:50 pm

The pledge comes from Edinburgh-based developer Whiteburn after it got the go-ahead from Fife Council to finally move in and build new homes at the former Viewforth High School.

The century old building has been the target of firebugs since it closed, and suffered a devastating blaze last August.

Flames and thick black smoke could be seen across the town, sparking a major response from the emergency services

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The extent of the damage to Viewforth High School after the fire is evident from this aerial photo (Pic: John Wilson/ Instagram: wilsonjpj))

Whiteburn plans to transform the land into a new housing development which will include 15 affordable homes for Kingdom Housing Association.

The company will also make a financial contribution towards education to provide for the temporary expansion of Sinclairtown Primary School until a new school is built as part of the Local Development Plan.

Its plans for the site were hit by lockdown, but, the granting of planning permission means it can finally look ahead.

Roger Bainbridge, director of design and delivery, said: “We are delighted to have finally presented our proposals to the planning committee at Fife Council and for it to have granted planning consent.”He hoped some of the features from the former C listed school building, could still form part of its vision for the development.

Artist's impression of how Viewforth could look after development

He added: “We will work with Fife Council to submit a planning application for new homes in this area of the development as part of our masterplan for the overall regeneration of the site.”

Eve McCurrich, managing director, said planning consent was “a milestone” for the project - and work could get underway within months.

She said: “Our key objective is to breathe new life into this part of Kirkcaldy and to create a great place for people to live.

“We are excited to finally be in a position to begin making our plans to transform the site, and we expect to begin pre-construction works within the next few months.

“We will now move forward with our tendering processes, and I would be keen to hear from any local suppliers and subcontractors who would like to work on our development.”

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