Cowdenbeath Area

The Cowdenbeath area covers 112.2km2 and has a population of 40,979 (11% of Fife). The population is predicted to increase 13% by 2036 but, in the same period, the number of older people will increase by 50% (from some 7,700 to over 11,500). The working age population will only increase by 2%.

23.5% of children living in poverty

16% unemployed

26.2% of households in fuel poverty



The increasing elderly population raises concerns about pressure on services and the suitability of local housing and environment. In general, raising aspirations and access to opportunities, as well as keeping wealth within the area are seen as issues.

People particularly want to see improvements in: influence and sense of control; traffic and parking; housing and community.

Read the draft Cowdenbeath Local Strategic Assessment 2018


Each area in Fife is in the process of producing a Local Area Plan. The new local community plan will clearly align with the Plan for Fife and reflect local needs and priorities.

In Cowdenbeath, our plan will be based on our local vision - a vision pulled together from consultations and meetings with people from the local area about what mattered most to them.

The Plan for Cowdenbeath was approved by the local area committee on 1st May, 2019.

View the Plan for Cowdenbeath (May 2019)

This is truly a plan for the community, and success will come from many agencies, organisations and group coming together and working towards similar goals.



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