Levenmouth land use blueprint unveiled

Tradesmen, builders, cement mixer, experts in their field
Tradesmen, builders, cement mixer, experts in their field

THE Levenmouth public is being invited for its views on a masterplan which will shape how the area is developed over the next 20 years.

At Wednesday’s meeting of Levenmouth area councillors in Buckhaven Community Centre, members were updated for the first time since last June on the progress of the local Strategic Land Allocation (SLA).

The SLA helps to guide and design the layout of the community and identify where new business, housing and other infrastructure is needed and should be created.

Since councillors were last updated on the SLA, the mid-Fife local plan has been adopted, and identified a need for 650 more houses that the previous 1000 identified.

Levenmouth has a current requirement for the phased development of the houses, a 15-hectare business park, a link road to the Energy Park, new primary school, retail facilities, open space and other community infrastructure, which the SLA will help deliver.

Councillor Alistair Hunter said: “This is crucial to the whole of Levenmouth.

“We took our time and got this right and we’re now getting the rewards for our resistance to the piecemeal development.

“We have some of the best open spaces, a great natural environment and playing fields which are the envy of most schools in Fife.

“It feels good and it feels right that we have this big vision for Levenmouth.”

A low carbon investment park has been earmarked for the land at the former Diosynth plant in Buckhaven, with a budget of £2.75m in place for its creation.

The owners of the majority of land in the area, the Wemyss Estate and Fife Council, were consulted throughout the SLA’s development.

Councillor Andrew Rodger said that the delivery of new housing was badly needed.

His colleague on the committee, Cllr Tom Adams, though, said he was growing “impatient” with claims of new investment and jobs coming to the area.

The SLA will now be prepared for public scrutiny.

However, Cllr David Alexander added: “It’s going to public consultation, but this will be happening.”