Work begins on new affordable homes for Inverkeithing
Fife Council has marked the start of construction of new council homes in Inverkeithing.
The development at Spencer Fields is one of the council’s largest affordable housing projects and forms part of its Phase Three Affordable Housing Programme which is to deliver 3500 new affordable houses across all areas of the region.
The houses are being built for the council by developer Taylor Wimpey.
The development of 74 high quality new affordable houses are a mix of two, three and four-bedroom homes. They are a range of house types including bungalows and cottage flats that will make it possible for people who no longer need a large family home to downsize and allow a family who needs more space to move in.
Councillor Judy Hamilton, convener of the community and housing services committee, performed the sod-cutting ceremony to mark the start of work.
Councillor Hamilton said: “I’m delighted that construction on the council houses to be built here at Spencer Fields has started. This is a very important development providing a large number houses that will really improve the quality of life for many people.
“The mix of house types means we can provide houses to meet the needs of many different households. In particular some tenants from the Fraser Avenue regeneration project who have been waiting for new accommodation may benefit from the opportunity to move into a new home in their local area.”
As well as providing more housing, the programme is also about creating jobs and apprenticeships, supporting the Fife economy and the construction industry.
Councillor Hamilton added: “Fife Council’s Affordable Housing programme is one of the biggest in Scotland and this project is part of the much needed high-quality council housing being built for people across Fife. Fife Council is absolutely committed to meeting the housing needs of communities in Fife and proud to be delivering warmer, drier, healthier homes.”
John Mills, head of Fife Council housing services, said: “A key focus of our Local Housing Strategy is that our tenants live in good quality housing and in sustainable communities built through partnership and engagement.
“We are delighted to be working with Taylor Wimpey as part of their wider Spencer Fields development, and look forward to providing high-quality council houses to Fife Council tenants.”
Pauline Mills, land and planning director at Taylor Wimpey East Scotland, said: “As one of the largest house builders in the UK, we are committed to building more than homes and making sure that we add social, economic and environmental value to the wider communities that we operate in.
“As well as a high-quality build and contributing to the choice of properties for rent in the local area, this development of new council houses in Inverkeithing is directly providing opportunities for five apprentices in bricklaying and joinery. We are also taking care to maximise the local supply chain where we can to ensure that we support wider Fife economy.”