PLANS to flatten a derelict Rosyth pub and replace it with six flats have been lodged with Fife Council.

The proposals would see the demolition of the Sportsman Bar on Burnside Street and the creation of a three-storey building containing six two-bedroom flats with parking and associated landscaping.

The pub has lain empty since it ceased trading in October 2019 and the plans would see the properties built on the north end of the site opposite the junction at Burnside Crescent.

A planning statement said the premises was built in the early 1980s and had since had various small extensions added. One part on the south end of the building is currently in a poor structural condition because of subsidence probably caused by soft soil close to the burn and extensive tree root systems.

"A designed SUDS drainage scheme will be installed to alleviate any flooding issues," it added. "High quality of external finishes will be built into the design.

"The properties will be ideally located for commuters. Rosyth is well served by a railway station and excellent bus services whether it be to Dunfermline or Edinburgh. Junction 1C on the M90 is only half a mile away.

"We feel that this would be an acceptable form of development for the site, improving the amenity of the area and adding to the available housing stock in the area."

Rosyth Community Council treasurer Linda Temple said the plans were likely to be discussed at their next meeting.

"I think views are going to be mixed judging by views given on social media," she said. "Some folk seem to be just pleased that something is happening with what is a derelict site. Others don't want more housing on the site."