Affordable housing proposal
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.