I am pleased to see that the construction of 29 new affordable homes for rent in St Andrews is progressing well. The homes will be the first affordable housing completed in St Andrews since 2007.
With the development being set in an attractive location - between Adamson Court and the Kinness Burn - and only a short walk from the town centre, I am sure that the flats will prove to be popular when the new residents move in.
Whilst the 29 new homes will only go some way towards tackling the huge level of unmet housing need in St Andrews, the development does represent an important step, and it will hopefully be followed by the development of further new affordable homes, as other potential sites within the town - such as the site of Madras College's current Kilrymont Road building - become available. It is also a further indication that the Labour administration is delivering on its commitment to develop 2,700 new affordable homes across Fife by 2017.
The development, which is being constructed for Fife Council by Robertson Partnership Homes, consists of 22 two-bedroom and 7 three-bedroom flats for rent, and I've been advised that the contractor is looking to complete the homes in September 2015.