Af­ford­able hous­ing pro­posal

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - COURT REPORTS -

PLANS have been revealed to turn land once at the heart of Kirk­caldy’s linoleum in­dus­try into an af­ford­able hous­ing es­tate.

About 161 prop­er­ties could be built at Nairn Street by Lar­bert-based Spring­field Prop­er­ties.

The va­cant site was the home of Nairn’s linoleum works and forms part of the wider Victoria Road re­gen­er­a­tion area.

Most build­ings were de­mol­ished in the 1980s, with the last one taken down in 2014.

If the green light is given, houses and flats will be built on 8.4 acres.

The en­ergy-ef­fi­cient homes would be man­aged by King­dom Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion.

In its sub­mis­sion to Fife Coun­cil, Spring­field Prop­er­ties said the pro­pos­als in­clude a mix of house types which are in “de­mand in the lo­cal area to ad­dress af­ford­able needs”.

It said: “By bring­ing a brown­field site back into pro­duc­tive use, the pro­posal will also help re­duce the pres­sure for the re­lease of green­field land for hous­ing de­vel­op­ment.”

City coun­cil­lors will be asked on Mon­day to back the pro­pos­als for a Macmil­lan fa­cil­ity in Ardler.

The char­ity wants to es­tab­lish the cen­tre in the cafe ad­join­ing the Ardler Com­plex.

Macmil­lan is pro­vid­ing fund­ing of £176,938 for the project and coun­cil­lors are be­ing asked to pro­vide the premises rent free for a three-year pe­riod.

In her re­port to the neigh­bour­hood ser­vices com­mit­tee, di­rec­tor Elaine Zwirlein said there were a grow­ing num­ber of peo­ple in Dundee af­fected by can­cer of all types.

She added: “Dundee as a city has a higher than av­er­age in­ci­dence of all main can­cers, ex­cept prostate, and a much higher than av­er­age mor­tal­ity from can­cer as com­pared with across the UK.

“In 2010, 5,200 peo­ple were es­ti­mated to be liv­ing with or be­yond can­cer in the city and this is ex­pected to rise to 8,400 by 2030.

“There is cur­rently a large, va­cant but fully us­able cafe area in Ardler Com­plex, in the heart of the com­mu­nity, with a li­brary, meet­ing rooms, gyms and com­mu­nity gar­den all on site.

“Ardler is in the high­est 10% for mul­ti­ple de­pri­va­tion in Scot­land. This is an op­por­tu­nity to de­velop, in con­junc­tion with lo­cal peo­ple, ser­vices for peo­ple af­fected by can­cer.

‘‘These ser­vices will be scoped and co-pro­duced with lo­cal peo­ple and con­tin­u­ally im­proved.

“It will bring to­gether a num­ber of key ob­jec­tives as well as Macmil­lan in­di­rect and di­rect ser­vices in Dundee, while of­fer­ing a fan­tas­tic venue to pro­vide com­mu­nity vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“Eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble ser­vices are re­quired, par­tic­u­larly in more dis­ad­van­taged ar­eas, to en­sure equity of ac­cess and im­proved take-up.

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