Plans submitted for residential-led new Fife community

PLANS have been submitted to Fife Council for a new housing development tipped to transform the old Tullis Russell Paper Mill site between Glenrothes and Markinch.

Town planners and designers Barton Willmore have submitted a Planning Permission in Principle (PPP) application on behalf of Advance Construction for a mixed-use masterplan, which includes up to 850 new homes, 85 of which would be affordable.

Barton Willmore said the project is estimated to deliver a £42.5 million boost for Glenrothes, creating up to 450 jobs and employment for around 300 construction workers during a decade-long build programme.

As well as housing, the proposals for the 52-hectare site include plans for retail and leisure facilities, business space, industrial units, a care home and an extension to the Riverside Park.

Colin Lavety, planning director for Barton Willmore in Scotland said, “The Planning Permission in Principle application we have submitted aims to breathe new life back into what is an important landmark historically for the town of Glenrothes. It will regenerate a high profile site which has been left vacant since the former Tullis Russell Paper Mill site was closed, creating a desirable, attractive and highly sustainable place to live and work.

“Our focus has been to deliver alternative but complementary uses to the existing town centre, alongside a mix of high-quality homes which are within easy walking distance of schools, jobs, shops, leisure facilities, parkland and public transport.”

Lynsey Breen, director of strategic operations for Bellshill-based Advance added, “We’re proud to help transform Glenrothes and get the area ready for hundreds of high-quality houses, which will contribute to the much-needed demand for new homes and jobs in the area.”