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Artist's impression of new Kirkcaldy Morrisons store
Artist's impression of new Kirkcaldy Morrisons store
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detailed plans for a new supermarket at the western approach to Kirkcaldy have been submitted to Fife Council.

It is the next step in the process which aims to build a Morrisons superstore on the derelict former B&Q site at Inverteil, one of the main gateways to the town.

Consultation undertaken with the local authority and the public, including two exhibition events held in Philp Hall, Kirkcaldy in February this year, showed overwhelming support for the plans which would give the site, which has fallen into a sorry state since the DIY store vacated the site for a new store at the Fife Central Retail Park in 2009, a much-needed facelift.

Developers behind the £25 million plans for the area, say the scheme, which will incorporate a 6369 square metre foodstore with a petrol station and 415-space car park, will act as the catalyst for regeneration of the area.

The joint application has been lodged by Optimisation Developments Ltd and Invertiel Developments Ltd, and would bring 330 new jobs to Kirkcaldy, with an opening date of summer 2013.

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Richard Bakes, development executive for Morrisons, said: “Having been overwhelmed by the public support for our plans for the new store at Invertiel, we have submitted a planning request that we feel reflects the wider views of the community.

“The plans are part of a wider vision for regeneration in Invertiel, and would not only help boost the local economy, but would also act as a catalyst for further investment in the community.”

Joe Noble of Inverteil Developments, added: “Kirkcaldy continues to suffer from the recession and the new jobs which will be created will provide a much needed boost to the town where unemployment levels remain high.

‘‘The high level of public support is testament to the economic, physical and social benefits that the project will bring to local residents.

‘‘I am sure that this will be a factor that the Council will take into account when they are considering the application.”