Retirement apartment plans for Lundin Links

The Lundin Links Hotel
The Lundin Links Hotel

Proposals for the transformation of the former Lundin Links Hotel are being unveiled to the public at a special event tomorrow (Thursday).

New owners at the famous ‘C’ listed three-storey and attic property are staging a drop-in event, in Lundin Links’ only other hotel, to let local people comment on its plans for a quality ‘boutique’ retirement development.

Kinross company Kapital Residential Ltd bought the hotel in October last year for an undisclosed sum, nine months after it ceased trading with the loss of seven jobs.

At that time, outline planning consent was in place for retirement apartments, and Kapital Residential is pursuing this project – with hopes of repeating it across the country.

Company director Keith Punler said it had been looking to enter this market for some time and hoped Lundin Links might be the first of a number of high-quality retirement apartment ventures.

Kapital aimed to provide over 40 units, in line with the existing permission, and is preparing a more detailed planning application, covering aspects like lift access for the properties, an on-site warden, communal meeting rooms, a library and games room. However, a strong sense of independent living would be retained.

“We’ve looked at what we can do to preserve as much of the existing building as possible – it’s such an iconic building and we know there’s a lot of affection for it – but there’s a bit of money to be spent on it,” said Mr Punler.

A couple of extensions, northwards and eastwards, were among the plans.

Arrangements were in hand for Kapital to give a presentation to Largo Area Community Council, possibly in April – however, the firm wanted to give the wider community a chance to see its proposals.

The drop-in session will be in the Largo Suite at the Old Manor Hotel in Lundin Links tomorrow from 4pm to 7pm.People can go along, ask questions and express their views to Kapital representatives.

“Strong expressions of interest” had come already from some residents, said Mr Punler. If possible, he hoped to begin the development later thi s year, with completion in 2016.