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Fife estate secures cash for housing
The Courier, 30 July 2009
An East Neuk estate is to receive Scottish Government cash
to help to build 10 affordable homes as part of a £5 million
Cambo Estate at Kingsbarns has successfully applied to the
governments Rural Homes for
Rent scheme, and joins other landowners and community groups in a
project that will see 75 homes created in pressured housing areas.
The announcement was made yesterday by housing and
communities minister Alex Neil, who said that the funding will make a real
difference, and will provide good quality homes that people can afford.
These are challenging economic times for small
businesses and families in rural communities so we are doing everything we can
to support them, he said.
A warm welcome has also come from the Scottish Rural
Property and Business Association, whose chairman Luke Borwick said that
affordable housing is central to the sustainability of our rural communities,
and the SRPBA has long contended that the private rented sector has a greater
role to play in its provision.
We are delighted that the Scottish Government is
providing financial support to rural landowners to develop quality homes in a
cost-effective manner, he said.
The Cambo scheme is the only one in Fife. Other locations
include estates in Aberdeenshire, Argyll and Bute, Dumfries and Galloway,
Highland, Moray, and Perth and Kinrosswhere Atholl Estates will build two
On the west coast, separate cash is paying for more than
240 new affordable rural homes in Oban and Lochgilphead with the help of
accelerated funding from the Scottish Governments economic recovery
There were 67 expressions of interest, and 12 pilot
projects, including Cambo, were selected.
A spokesman for the Scottish Government said that a grant
application has to have confirmation from the local authority that there is a
housing need for the area that is otherwise not being met.
The decision on the successful applicants is made in
consultation with us and the local authority who ensure it is consistent with
their local housing strategy.
Fife Council said that any proposed development would still
have to go through the formal planning application process.
The final draft of the local plan for St Andrews and east
Fife identifies two possible areas for development at Kingsbarns, one of them
to the west of the square with an estimated capacity of 40 homes, and the other
to the south-west of the village, with no number of houses specified.
The Cambo applicant, Sir Peter Erskine, was not available
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