THERE are plans to build 24 new homes on the site of the former 'Dockyard Digs' in Rosyth.

Capital and Provincial had 62 temporary accommodation pods at Castle Road but their hopes of keeping them in place were dashed by Fife Council.

Forced to clear the site, they've now come back with an application for 18 houses and six flats on the land.

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A planning statement said: "The proposed development will make a valuable contribution to the surrounding area through the reuse and enhancement of an unused, vacant brownfield site."

Dunfermline Press: There are plans to build 24 new homes on this cleared site off Castle Road in Rosyth.There are plans to build 24 new homes on this cleared site off Castle Road in Rosyth. (Image: Google Maps)

The Dockyard Digs proved controversial from the start and was twice refused by councillors before being approved in January 2014 after an appeal to the Scottish Government.

The pods, erected on the site of the former Forth Families Social Club, were designed to accommodate workers on two huge projects, the £1.35 billion Queensferry Crossing and the £6 billion aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.

In 2020 Capital and Provincial (Rosyth) Ltd argued that the single-storey pods should remain in place, as they were still needed for workers building the five type 31 frigates at Rosyth Dockyard, a £1.25 billion contract that's due to run until 2028.

However the council refused, an appeal failed and the pods were removed.

A block of flats was also used and last April the council confirmed a certificate of lawfulness had been granted for it to become a house in multiple occupation (HMO).

A separate application, to retain seven accommodation pods at another parcel of land off Castle Road until 2028, was approved by the council in 2021.

The current site, to the north of Rosyth Community Church, is just over half an acre and primarily consists of concrete and hardstanding from the previous use.

It's been empty since December 2020 and, just over a year ago, the company held talks with the council about building 28 new homes.

That's now been revised with the application for planning permission in principle for 24 homes, six of which would be 'affordable homes' for social rent.

The houses would be two-, three- and four-bedroom dwellings, the six flats would each have two-bedrooms and the proposals include 58 parking spaces, communal open space, landscape buffering and a playpark.