Fife has had a major windfall of 1.78 million to tackle vacant and derelict land.
The Scottish Government’s vacant and derelict land fund has been up and running since 2004 yet this is the first time Fife will be able to access money.
An estimated 96.6m has been allocated in the last decade but only five councils have been eligible to apply for funding.
Depute council leader Lesley Laird welcomed the announcement Fife will be able to access the fund for the first time from next year. Fife has previously been excluded from the fund despite having the fourth largest area of vacant and derelict land in Scotland.
Mrs Laird, the council’s economy and planning spokeswoman, said: “This is great news for Fife and I’m glad the work the council has done on this has paid off. We knew we had a strong case to make.
“I was more than happy to push the case for Fife and am pleased the merits of our argument won through.”
Across Fife 199 sites are classed either as vacant or derelict nearly 842 hectares, 8% of Scotland’s total.
There is a strong link between the proximity of this land to communities with multiple deprivation and in Fife 141 of the 199 sites are within two miles of the most deprived communities.
The council has asked community councils to help to identify sites so the most accurate picture can be put together.