Glenrothes MP checks out housing progress at former paper mill site

Bill Banks and Peter Grant MP

LOCAL MP Peter Grant has visited the former Tullis Russell paper mill site in Glenrothes where Kingdom Housing Association is building 85 affordable homes for social rent.

The properties will form part of a larger mixed-use development being overseen by Advance Construction and is expected to include a total of 850 homes as well as retail, business and industrial units.

Working in partnership with Campion Homes and Advance Construction, Kingdom secured the affordable housing element of the project, with the remainder of the site set to be developed in several phases by a range of housebuilders.

Kingdom revealed its new homes have been designed with both current and future needs of residents in mind and will offer properties that can ‘adapt’ as the needs of tenants change.

The properties, being built by Campion Homes, are described as benefiting from low carbon heating supplied by the Glenrothes Heat Network, which takes steam generated as a by-product from the local Markinch CHP biomass plant which uses recycled timber to generate power.

Peter Grant MP said, “I was delighted to visit the Kingdom Housing Association development at the former Tullis Russell site and am pleased that more affordable social housing is being built in Glenrothes. I was interested to hear about the development’s low carbon heating system which will make the housing more sustainable and energy efficient. It’s great to see the steps Kingdom is taking to ensure they are not only cutting the impact of the new properties on climate change but also reducing energy costs for tenants.”

Kingdom group chief executive Bill Banks said, “Kingdom’s commitment to innovation and sustainability is long-standing, with our low carbon journey and desire for greener developments beginning some time ago. We are committed to working towards a mainstream programme centred around sustainability and net zero carbon. This ambition is demonstrated through a number of projects currently on-site. The development at the former Tullis Russell paper mill site will tap into the local district heating network resulting in carbon reductions and a reduced dependence on fossil fuels.

“I’m delighted that this project allows us to continue working collaboratively with Fife Council, Campion Homes, Advance Construction and Oliver & Robb Architects to help meet the current housing needs in the area.”

The total project cost is £14.6 million, half of which has been provided by The Scottish Government.