Saline social housing moves forward to completion / by Nikki Barton

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Construction is progressing well for 55 new affordable housing units in Saline, Fife.  City Architecture Office is working with Kingdom Housing Association & Campion Homes to deliver the first new homes in late 2018.  All homes are super-insulated and have photovoltaic roof panels, to reduce residents energy consumption and running costs.

City Architecture Office has worked closely on the site with the local community & clients at Saline for nearly seven years to achieve the project.

We originally conducted a housing needs consultation with Saline & Steelend Community Council and local residents, becoming a key priority in the Community Action Plan (CAP).  Although it was outwith the settlement boundary, we identified a preferred site which is roughly two hectares.   Fife Council then accepted the site to be brought into the local plan for social housing use.

A masterplan was designed and presented at a public event for the main themes of the CAP. The focal point of the masterplan is an attractive ‘village green’, with dwellings orientated to maximise solar gain and views. The principle was endorsed by Kingdom Housing Association and a scheme developed and planning approved.