Residents to have say on West Port proposals

West Port
West Port

CUPAR residents are being invited to view proposals for a new development of social housing on the site of the former Bell Baxter High School at West Port.

A drop-in event will take place at St Columba’s Primary School on Wednesday, August 24, between 3pm and 7pm.

The event has been organised in response to complaints that consultation with local residents has been inadequate.

Loretta Mordi, who has been liaising with Fife Council on behalf of Cupar Community Council, said: “The community council appreciates that there were initial problems with Fife Council communicating with local residents.

“The council has since been working hard with the community council to engage with residents.”

The proposed new housing is a mix of two, three and four bedroom council homes for rent, including some amenity housing and two bedroom flats for mid market rent by a subsidiary of Kingdom Housing Association.

There are also proposals to include a small business centre.


This project proposes to meet housing needs in an area where there is a shortage of affordable housing, as well as turn a derelict site into an attractive development that is sympathetic to its surroundings, reinstating the façade along West Port.

The planning application for thes development was submitted in May and it is hoped that work on site could begin later this year if approved by councillors in September.

This would allow tenants to move in around October next year.

Plans have already been revised in response to points raised by members of the public, including the proposal to widen Hill Street along part of its length, to adjust access to West Port from Hill Street and provide a drop-off/pick-up point at Bathgate Court on North Union Street.

Representatives from the design team, Kingdom Housing Association and Fife Council will be in attendance to answer questions at the drop-in event.

Anyone who can’t make it along on the day can contact Claire Mackinlay, housing development officer, for more information on the project or view the application online at