Affordable homes to arrest the decline of Cupar backlands
September 27 2021
Kingdom Housing Association has set its sights on an underutilised inner courtyard in Cupar, Fife, for 23 affordable homes and one shop.
Sinclair Watt Architects have been enlisted for the complex build, which incorporates a gap-site on the Bonnygate and extending to the area between George Inn Pend and Lost Close.
Derelict buildings on Kirk Wynd and to the rear of Fisher and Donaldson also fall under the scope of the plans. Plugging into the perimeter public realm the works will re-establish public closes through the site, bringing a significant area of brownfield land back into use following a slow march of car parks.
Works will also reinstate the Bonnygate frontage following the demolition of a structurally unsound listed building by Fife Council.
In a statement, the applicant wrote: "A key feature of the design is to re-establish the Riggs and narrow pends that are prevalent throughout Cupar town centre. Inevitably therefore window to window distances between houses are in some locations below the recommended standard however window locations have been carefully considered to minimise this issue."
Utilising traditional materials such as slate, stone and wet dash roughcast to respect the central Cupar conservation area the works, including reinstating salvaged cast iron lamposts and a wrought iron gate lost to previous improvements.
The plans supersede a 39-home solution drawn up by Arc Architects.
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