Stop the Demolition of Inverkeithing Primary School

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Allanwater Developments Ltd have lodged plans to build 28 affordable homes at the site of the (original) Inverkeithing Primary School, but they want to knock down the two category C-listed buildings, stating it’s the only way to make house building viable.

Kevin Treadwell, service manager and committee officer, said that Historic Scotland had argued against demolition because they were content that the building could be used and reports had indicated that the building was “structurally sound”.

Andrew Prendergast, of housing charity The Vivarium Trust, said: “Local people really don’t want to see the school demolished and a recent community meeting in Inverkeithing showed strong support for an alternative proposal for a community-led re-use.

"This is an incredibly short-sighted decision from the bad old days when much-loved historic buildings were routinely lost to developers, and community feelings counted for nothing.

"It goes completely against the move in Scotland for Planning to reflect local authorities statutory duties to protect heritage and deliver the Community Empowerment Act.

“Only last week Fife Council applied to Historic Environment Scotland for £2 million for heritage regeneration of key buildings and community development in Inverkeithing.

"This decision by Councillor McGarry’s committee completely undermines that initiative and instead gives the green light to the wreckers and commercial interests.

"It’s a very poor day for Inverkeithing and for Planning in Fife."

After years of neglect by the current owners (and not to mention turning a blind eye from the council), it looks like they could try to push on with the plans that that we were all warned about.

It's not just about the cost, but the place, the meaning and the fabric of these buildings within a community.

Link: http://www.dunfermlinepress.com/news/15787209.Decision_to_demolish_old_Inverkeithing_Primary_School_slammed/



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