Work on the Dunfermline western extension site is expected to start in early 2022


THE DEVELOPERS hope work on the site for Dunfermline’s £ 600million western expansion will begin early next year.

The Stirling Developments team is currently working on a planning request for the first phase of development at Broomhall with advice from Fife.

The company recently filed two signage requests at its site in southwest Dunfermline.

The signs are intended to advertise the business development opportunities that the site has to offer as it has consent for 68 hectares of business development.

The company wishes to explore opportunities with interested parties to give them a better understanding of market requirements and Broomhall’s further development plans.

Peter Stirling, Managing Director, said: “We are currently working with the Fife Council to develop a first phase of development which will include residential and commercial opportunities.

“We remain hopeful that work on the site can begin early next year.”

Stirling Developments told reporters in April that the previous 12 months had been “difficult”, but they were confident the Broomhall site would withstand the economic pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 2,000 homes and two primary schools are to be built on Lord Elgin’s land as part of the plans, but progress has been slowed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Dunfermline-based Stirling Developments has acquired the land and development rights for the Earl of Elgin’s Broomhall estate and said the massive house-building project in the southwest of the city would create more than 7,000 jobs .

In addition to new housing that will house around 4,700 people, the proposals include two primary schools, shops, employment and commercial units, health facilities, parks and green spaces, with a development period spanning 25 to 30 years old.

The plans had been on the table for about four years before being approved, despite 56 letters of opposition, by advisers from the Western Planning Committee.

The infrastructure includes £ 8.7million contributions for improved transport, such as the western distribution road, and a £ 17million ring road to serve the sprawling new housing estates and move traffic away from the center from Dunfermline. It will link King Malcolm Roundabout to Rumblingwell, via Grange Drive, Grange Road and Limekilns Road and it will go west to Coal Road, connecting to Pittencrieff Street and William Street.

The plans include road bridges over the Fife Circle and Dunfermline railway lines to Alloa.

The developer will also be asked to help fund traffic lights on the Pitreavie roundabout, an additional lane on the A823 and improvements at the Rumblingwell / William Street and William Street / Pittencrieff Street junctions.

Prior to the construction of the first primary school – the council previously said it would be needed by 2023 with the second required by 2035 – children in the new estates will attend Pitreavie Primary School.

As a result, the developer will pay £ 425,000 for an extension to Pitreavie Primary, £ 18million for the two primary schools and contribute to capacity risks at Dunfermline Secondary Schools and St Margaret’s RC Primary School.

They will also set aside land for a Rosyth bypass and the Charlestown Railroad Rope.

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