Council welcomes tenants to its first newly built homes in over 20 years
Archived news: published on Tuesday 22 Nov 2011 by Fife Council
Councillor Brian Goodall and Derek Muir welcome tenant Karen Young into her new home
Fife Council's newly built homes in Boyle Drive, off Castle Road in Rosyth
Tenants are beginning to move into the first set of newly built Fife Council homes in over two decades.
The development of 35 properties off Castle Road in Rosyth is welcoming its first tenants, marking the completion of the first of five new build council house developments currently underway in Fife.
Tenant Karen Young moved into one of the new four bedroom properties with her family earlier this month after living in a smaller house, also in Rosyth, for the past five years.
Karen explained: “We’ve all settled in really well and love it here. We feel like we have loads of space. There is good storage in the house and the garden is a good size too. I have four children, two boys and two girls so having that extra space gives them proper room to play and it’s a great help!
“Living here feels like a fresh start, we’re settling into a lovely new home just in time for Christmas.”
Completion of these properties also means that Fife is the first Council in Scotland to incorporate safety features from ‘The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents’ (RoSPA) ‘Can the home ever be safe’? policy guidelines.
The new properties on Boyle Drive in Rosyth will help to meet housing needs of the local community and will include amenity houses and properties for wheelchair users. The one and two storey properties are a mix of two, three and four bedroom houses.
The venture, which was delivered on time and to budget, was project managed by Kingdom Housing Association on behalf of Fife Council and built by local contractors Campion Homes. The total cost of building these houses was £3.2m. Grant subsidy was provided from the Scottish Government of £0.875m, with the remaining £2.3m being funded by Fife Council.
Fife Council is investing over £20 million in 189 new council houses across Fife. £5 million of this is thanks to successfully securing Scottish Government funding.
Last year the council introduced an enhanced specification for all new build properties in attempts to further prevent accidents in the home and improve energy performance. The Castle Road complex benefits from these features and include:
- The RoSPA ‘Can the home ever be safe’? policy guidelines including fire detection and alarm systems, smoke alarms, lockable cupboards and domestic sprinkler systems
- Highly insulated building fabric and solar hot water panels.
The national initiative ‘Secured by Design’ was also incorporated into the design of these properties aiming to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. The street layout, external lighting sensors at back doors, accredited external doors and windows and high fencing will all contribute to making this a safer development to live in.
Speaking on site Councillor Brian Goodall, Chair of the council’s Housing and Communities Committee said: “It’s fantastic to see the first tenants moved in and benefitting from these new properties. These homes will make a massive difference to peoples’ lives.
“Fife Council is leading the way in providing new council houses - building work is underway on houses in Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, Ladybank and Cupar. A planning application is also being considered for a proposal to build in Anstruther and Fife Council set out further plans at a Committee meeting earlier this month to progress proposals for future phases of council new build housing throughout Fife.
“These new properties in Rosyth, an area which has not seen new build council houses for over 25 years, are testament to the council delivering on one of its top priorities, improving access to housing.”
Councillor Alice McGarry, Chair of the South West Fife Area Committee added: “The building of these new houses is not only a welcome boost to the housing stock in this area but it also creates a chain of council house lets as they were allocated to residents on the council’s transfer list. It allows even more people to get a home that meets their needs from the completion of this development.”
Minister for Housing and Transport Keith Brown said: “The number of new council houses being built in Scotland has soared, reversing decades of decline in council house building. The Scottish Government has invested millions to make this happen.
“Fife Council are to be congratulated for rising to the challenge of meeting the need for housing and using their creativity and innovation to deliver much needed affordable homes for Scotland.
"The funding we provided for these homes came from the Incentivising New Council House Building Fund. The total Scottish Government funding from this scheme is almost £80 million and 3,300 homes will be developed across 23 Local Authorities. This will lever in more than £300 million investment by local authorities.
"It is a vital strand of our efforts to build a better and a fairer Scotland, addressing homelessness and affordability issues and continuing to regenerate our most deprived neighbourhoods.”
Bill Banks, Depute Chief Executive with Kingdom Housing Association concluded: “We were delighted to act as the Project Managers for Fife Council on this project. The delivery of affordable housing projects is becoming increasing more challenging, however the Castle Road project is an excellent example of a successful partnership approach.”
Work began on building new council houses in Kirkcaldy, Dunfermline and Ladybank earlier this year and all three developments are due to be finished by summer 2012. Planning approval to build houses in Cupar was recently granted and work is in the early stages. A planning application to build properties in Anstruther is due to be considered at a future Area Committee meeting.
Fife Council also invested almost £5 million in the purchase of 41 completed new homes in Sea Eagle Crescent, Dunfermline in August 2009.