105-home plan for Kirkcaldy may not require affordable housing contribution

105-home plan for Kirkcaldy may not require affordable housing contribution

Plans to develop 105 homes at the former Forbo Nairn land in Kirkcaldy may succeed without the need for affordable housing contributions thanks to a technicality in Fife planning policy, according to reports.

Miller Homes has proposed building units on land to the south of Calender Avenue and east of Victoria Hospital that was once associated with Forbo Nairn, the linoleum company.

The developer proposes a “high quality” mix of three, four and five-bed family homes as detached and semi-detached homes, as well as a “small number” of three-bed terraces to “transform an area of dereliction” into an “attractive environment”.

However, as reported in Fife Today, the plan does not align with a number of Fife Council’s policies on new housing development - because of a detail around the type of land being built on.

Miller believes it does not owe the council any affordable housing or payments towards education, transport, play areas or public art because the land is vacant industrial space, which may be exempt under local planning policy.

Fife Today said this has been supported by Fife Council planning officers in closed-door discussions held before the application was submitted.

The plan also proposes five more homes than Fife Council deem appropriate - and Miller acknowledges that the homes, if approved, would be located within a predominantly industrial area, including Forbo’s still-ongoing linoleum production to the south and the Fife Council scrap yard and recycling centre to the east.

“Overall, the proposed development will achieve a sense of place for the location helping to create an attractive residential environment within a self-contained, welcoming, safe and pleasant environment,” Miller said in a statement included with its planning application.

The plans will be considered by the Central and West planning committee at a later date.

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