Plans for West Port site in Cupar revealed

An artist's 3D impression of the proposed West Port development.
An artist's 3D impression of the proposed West Port development.
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THIS is how a revitalised West Port will look if plans for new social housing in Cupar are given the green light.

The former Bell Baxter High School site has lain derelict for nearly a decade — but as this artist’s impression shows, it could be about to enjoy a new lease of life.

Plans have been submitted by site owners Fife Council to turn the disused buildings and surrounding land into 30 affordable housing units.

Work is expected to last one year and could start as early as October if the plans are approved and an application for £800,000 in Scottish Government funding is successful.

David Robertson of Fife Council’s housing department said: “There is an acute and dire shortage of affordable housing in the area.

“Our intention is to redevelop this site for mixed use affordable housing.

“As well as council housing the development will also involve Kingdom Housing Association, giving them nine units for mid-market rental.

“This is a real opportunity to meet housing needs in Cupar.”

David Tibbs of Dunfermline-based architects Oliver and Robb said the existing West Port facades would be left in place and the original school buildings turned into flats, semi-detached houses, a town house and a ‘business centre’.

The rest of the site will be a mix of terraced houses, cottage flats, semi-detached houses and one detached house.

Mr Tibbs said: “It was felt that the West Port frontage contributes to Cupar town centre — it is a landmark and we wanted to keep that.

“All we will be changing about the facades is the fenestration.”

There will be 43 parking spaces on the complex, including some at the side of Hill Street.

Concerns about traffic congestion were raised when the plans were presented to Cupar Community Council on Tuesday.

Members suggested creating a filter for cars at the junction between Hill Street and West Port — already a problem at peak times when children are being dropped off at nearby St Columba’s Primary School.

Mr Tibbs said designers were working closely with Fife Council’s transport department and revealed that part of North Union Street would be opened to two-way traffic.

He added that parents at St Columba’s will be able to view the plans next week and see how they will affect their children.