• Sonny Neil

New affordable homes in St. Andrews welcomes first wave of residents

The 30 apartments in Malory House are believed to help relieve the property market in St. Andrews

The first wave of customers has moved into affordable new homes in St Andrews – in a luxury block inspired by legendary author Enid Blyton.

The 30 apartments in Malory House are sought-after one and two-bedroom homes and, under a pioneering project, are being split 50-50 with priority cases from Fife Council’s housing waiting list and housing provider, Bield.

Now Bield Housing and Care believes the homes, which are earmarked for people over-60, will help free up other properties across the area, easing congested waiting lists and also benefitting younger families.

Dr Lynne Douglas, Chief Executive of Bield, said: “St Andrews is one of the finest places to live in Scotland. That is brilliant for those lucky enough to call the town their home, but it does place great strain on the availability of affordable housing in the area.

“We are absolutely thrilled that we can help to address the shortage of one and two-bedroom homes through this innovative partnership with the council.”

Malory House is named after the Malory Towers books by legendary children’s author, Enid Blyton. While the books are set in an English boarding school, the castle-like building she described was widely believed to have been in spired by St Leonards School in St Andrews

Malory House was constructed as part of Bield’s The Walled Gardens, a prestigious development of 78 luxury one and two-bedroom retirement apartments.

Dr Douglas added: “Fife Council has been an absolute trailblazer for building new council homes and promoting other affordable options. Despite those efforts there are simply not enough affordable homes to meet demand in St Andrews.

“It is likely that many of those people moving into their new homes in Malory House will be downsizing from bigger properties – and that should free up those council homes or social rent properties.

“That eases pressure further down the housing chain, hopefully meaning young families will be able to find affordable homes in the town, rather than being forced to move out of the area.”

The smart partnership with Bield is now part of Fife Council’s ambitious Affordable Housing Programme that is increasing the number of affordable houses.

Between 2012-17 the local authority delivered 1700 new council homes across Fife. It is on course to deliver a further 3500 new affordable homes by 2022 and, in late June, the council approved proposals to build 1200 more council houses between 2022 and 2024.