180 homes and holiday cottages for notorious Fife quarry

Prestonhall Quarry, InverkeithingPrestonhall Quarry, Inverkeithing
Prestonhall Quarry, Inverkeithing
Developers have drawn up plans to build 180 homes and holiday cottages at a notorious quarry.

The site at Prestonhall, Inverkeithing, was dubbed 'Scotland's most dangerous quarry’ after it claimed the lives of four people between 2014-2017 which led to calls from grieving families for the large water-flooded craters to be filled in.

In summer there were concerns over young people breaking social distancing rules and gathering there.

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Now, new proposals have been lodged with Fife Council for 135 new build homes and 45 properties with Kingdom Housing.

Chalet accommodation is also proposed in the upper east side of the site at the end of Letham Hill Woods.

The luxury log cabins would be linked to recreational/community facilities within Letham Hill Woods.

Plans are at an early stage, and developers, DDR, are to meet with Dalgety Bay, Hillend and Inverkeithing community councillors for discussions.

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Cllr David Barratt, who represents Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay, spoke to developers earlier this week to understand the direction of the proposals and to highlight areas of concern amongst the local community.

He said: “ I emphasised first and foremost the need to make the site safe, but also the legitimate concerns around access and transportation the need to protect and enhance the coastal path and the potential impact on the natural environment.

"I welcome the willingness of the applicant to engage in this way and hope that along with discussion with the community, proposals can be shaped by local views prior to submission of a planning application.”

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