Methil could be knocking on the door of a major new housing development at the site of an award-winning former steel foundry.
Councillors are due today (Wednesday) to decide whether or not to grant full planning permission for 101 “affordable residential units”, with associated parking, landscaping and roadworks and drainage infrastructure, at the Kirkland Works in Steelworks Brae, former home of Glencast.
Members of Fife Council’s central area planning committee will be asked this afternoon to approve the request, by Stirling-based Robertson Partnership Homes, subject to a detailed list of conditions.
Planning chiefs reckon the scheme would result in the redevelopment and decontamination of a redundant brownfield site while providing affordable housing in an area of identified need.
The varied mix of properties and internal road layout would create “a varied and interesting development” which would “relate well to the surrounding area”.
They also believe a green corridor would be created along the River Leven frontage, maximising the site’s main asset and offering a footpath and cycle linkage, tying in to the existing path network.
The varied mix of properties and internal road layout would create “a varied and interesting development” which would “relate well to the surrounding area”
They think noise levels within the area would be within acceptable limits and the project would have “no significant adverse impact” on the surrounding road network.
The project had been designed to ensure ecological interests were safeguarded and drainage was effectively managed for the surrounding environment.
Fife Council’s public protection officers said a nearby coachworks firm – which had objected to the plan – and the recycling centre across the road would not be prejudiced by the development and no complaints had been received from residents in existing properties to the south.
The site has been the focus of large-scale housing interest since around 2007.
Previously, it housed Glencast, one of the world’s most respected steel firms, which won the Queen’s Award winner in 1990 for Technological Achievement, but closed in 2002, and the premises were later demolished.