99% backing for store

Morrisons want to build a store in Kirkcaldy
Morrisons want to build a store in Kirkcaldy

RESIDENTS have shown overwhelming support for the development of a multi-million pound supermarket at Invertiel.

Two public exhibitions held by Morrisons in Kirkcaldy’s Philp Hall last month as part of its pre-application consultation received the backing of 99 per cent of those attending.

Local residents were given the opportunity to view and comment on architectural drawings and plans, with 204 of the 206 comment forms being in favour.

Morrisons wants to knock down the old B&Q shed at Invertiel and build a new superstore - including a cafe and petrol station - which will create over 300 jobs, and act as a catalyst to regenerate one of Kirkcaldy’s gateways.

The project has been going through the planning system since Kirkcaldy Area Committee allowed both it and The Mercat to proceed.

The next step in the process is the submission of a detailed planning application to Fife Council, hopefully next month.

Morrisons said this week it is keen to move forward.

Richard Bakes, development executive, said: “We were overwhelmed by the response to our public exhibition.

“Subject to obtaining the necessary approvals, we are keen to progress the development and bring this much-needed facility to the residents of Kirkcaldy.

“Our investment will act as a catalyst for further investment in Invertiel leading to the physical and economic regeneration of the area.”

If the planning application goes smoothly and it is successful, Morrisons hope to start work on the site before the end of the year and open the store in early 2013.