PLANS to convert an empty listed building in Dunfermline town centre into 18 luxury flats have been approved by Fife Council.

Carnegie Clinic, left empty after NHS Fife decided it was surplus to requirements, was sold and work on the stylish new homes, with prices starting at £170,000, is well under way.

Developers Hunter & Turnbull gave potential buyers at Carnegie Apartments a first glimpse at a showhome in February, and some of the apartments have already been reserved, although planning permission for a change of use wasn't in place until last week.

Approval comes with a number of conditions and a legal agreement requires the developer to pay £2,666 towards an extension at St Margaret's Primary School and £54,000 for affordable homes.

The category B-listed building in Inglis Street, which is more than 100-years-old, is next door to Carnegie Leisure Centre and is being converted into two one-bedroom flats, 15 two bedroom flats and one three-bedroom flat.

Each apartment has two levels and there will be a total of 24 parking spaces.

A number of homes in phase one, including the three-bedroom flat, have been reserved already .

Prices start at £170,000 for the one-bedroom apartment and the two-bedroom homes are listed as £225,000 to £345,000.

Phases two and three are scheduled to be completed next year.

Built with money donated by Dunfermline philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, the clinic was completed in 1912 and the sandstone construction was used initially as the Scottish College of Hygiene and Physical Training.

The Carnegie Dunfermline Trust later made the building available as a health clinic.

NHS Fife announced in 2013 that the Carnegie and Abbeyview clinics would close with services moving to Queen Margaret Hospital.

Carnegie Clinic was put up for sale on the open market in December 2016 for offers over £275,000.

The plans for stylish new apartments were submitted by Hunter & Turnbull in July 2019.