Council will push for new Energy Park

The proposed development land.

The proposed development land.

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FIFE Council is pressing ahead with the development of an Energy Park hub to be built at the far west end of Buckhaven.

The local authority wants to create a 15 hectare ‘low carbon investment park’ at the site of the former Diosynth plant at Muiredge.

The park will serve as an extension of the area’s Energy Park Fife, offering companies the chance to ‘co-locate’.

The development has become something of an on-going saga due to a dispute between the land owner, Janette Penman, and the Council.

After the Council announced it wanted the land for its development, Ms Penman revealed plans of her own for the site, hoping to build affordable homes and care facilities.

This was backed by Councillor Andrew Rodger and parts of the local community.

But these failed to get off the ground and the council has now lodged its own planning application.

This is despite the authority confirming to the Mail it has yet to take ownership of the land through a compulsory purchase order.

An application for this will be made by the Council to the Scottish Government soon, the authority said.

The council’s proposal to establish a business park on the land aims to ensure there is sufficient supply of serviced employment sites available for future employment-related developments in the area.

Robin Presswood, senior manager, business and employability said: “This new Low Carbon Investment Park will build on the success of the flagship Energy Park Fife in offering manufacturers and supply chain businesses the opportunity to co-locate to an environment dedicated to those companies working within the renewable energy sector. We need to find a balance between energy companies and local businesses.”