THERE are plans for a new 24-bed care home and 25 new houses on a site in Lochgelly.

Robertson Homes, in partnership with Fife Council, have applied to develop the land where the Jenny Gray House care home used to stand.

It's been demolished and planning permission is now being sought for a new development to take its place.

A statement on behalf of the firm said: "The vision for this new residential development at Jenny Gray House is to provide an attractive housing development for a new two-storey 24 bedroom residential extra care facility, along with 25 new affordable homes, which positively responds to its local setting."

The site is just over 1.5 hectares in size and is south of Russell Street and east of Melville Street.

There are two other buildings there, Wilson Bruce Court and a scout hut, and both are due to be demolished to make way for the residential development.

Most of the trees on the plot will also be removed but Robertson Homes added: "New planting will be introduced as part of creating a quality and pleasant place for new residents, and compensating for any losses through the creation of a new and varied habitat."

There will also be landscaping and open space, as well as improved paths for pedestrians and cyclists.

The 25 affordable homes will be a mix of one- and two-storey buildings with their own enclosed private garden.

The new buildings would all have pitched roofs and the developer is proposing the use of solar panels on all houses within the development.

The existing access points on Melville Street and Minto Street will be maintained and a new one created on Russell Street for the care home.

A new primary street through the site will ensure "ease of access for all vehicles, cycles and pedestrians", some of the homes will have a drive and there will also be a parking court for residents and parking for the care home.

The firm added: "This will create a proposal which has a safe, clear and legible route through the site, as well as connecting to the surrounding area, which offers a wide range of existing parks, schools, amenities and services.

"The proximity of these services and amenities will actively encourage cycling and walking."

Robertson Homes have also applied to build affordable homes on the site of a former council care home in Cowdenbeath.