“Excellent progress”

Kingdom Housing Association has reported “excellent progress” on its development of 22 new homes at Paton Street in Dunfermline and announced that completion of the first phase is now expected for May this year.

The £3 million development will provide a mix of 2 and 3 bedroom family houses and the Scottish Government is providing £1.7 million in funding to support the project.

The Paton Street project is one of the developments that will contribute to delivery of Fife Council’s target of 2,700 new homes for Phase 1 of the Fife Affordable Housing Programme and for the Scottish Government’s 50,000 new homes programme.

Further new homes are planned at the site but the programme is uncertain at this stage due to capacity constraints related to the local schools.

Bill Banks, chief executive with Kingdom, said: “The Paton Street project experienced early delays due to planning difficulties, however progress on site has been excellent since the work started in September last year.”

Bill added: “The new homes are mostly semi-detached or short terrace properties with their own gardens and parking, to reflect what tenants have told us they prefer. They have been designed and built to very high standards and will attain the Silver Sustainability status, due to their air tight construction and high levels of insulation. Not surprisingly, these types of properties are in very high demand from people who require quality social rented housing in the area, which is affordable to run.”

The project is being built for Kingdom by Campion Homes. Dougie Herd, construction director of the Dunfermline firm, said: “Campion have been providing affordable housing projects for Kingdom for many years and we pride ourselves on the quality of the new homes we provide. We are investing heavily in both our residential and affordable housing programme and have plans to continue developing for Kingdom and other RSL’s and Local Authorities in the future.”