Key milestone achieved in plans for new Dunfermline neighbourhood

TAYLOR Wimpey East Scotland has acquired land off Whitefield Road in Dunfermline, which the firm described as signalling a ‘key milestone’ in the delivery of the new neighbourhood of Whitefields.

Pre-construction and enabling work is already underway, with the work expected to take several months to complete. Tasks include the demolition of the Wester Whitefield farm buildings.

In recognition of the former land use, elements of the farm’s stonework including a door lintel inscribed with RW-IL 1662 will be reinstated within a ‘character area’ within the future development.

As Whitefields progresses, Taylor Wimpey revealed there will be a ‘substantial’ range of benefits to the local community. These include the creation of around 1,400 new properties, a new primary school, and provision for shops and community facilities.

25% of the properties will be affordable homes, while new cycleways and pedestrian footpaths have been tipped to encourage green active travel throughout the development. There will also be transport infrastructure improvements to local roads, the incorporation of the new Northern Link Road into the development, meadow grasslands, a play area and an outdoor meeting space in Phase One, and measures to enhance the area for local wildlife and improve biodiversity.

Pauline Mills, land and planning director at Taylor Wimpey East Scotland, said, “After many years of working with Fife Council and a complex network of landowners, we are very pleased to have acquired the land at Wester Whitefield Farm, off Whitefield Road, and to have taken the first steps of creating our new neighbourhood Whitefields by removing the old farm steading.

“Whitefields will be a brand-new community and place to call home in north Dunfermline. With the delivery of around 1,400 new homes, the creation of major new infrastructure and improvements to existing transport links, as well as the provision of substantial community benefits. Whitefields will have its roots firmly in north Dunfermline while supporting the existing local communities of Kingseat and Halbeath as its new community develops and grows.

“The demolition of Wester Whitefield Farm will take around two months to complete, and it is the beginning of a significant programme of pre-construction enabling works which, in overall terms, will take around 15 months to complete.

“As well as delivering much-needed new homes in north Dunfermline, Whitefields will also provide a range of economic benefits for the local area which includes supporting over 160 jobs per year of construction, as well as the attraction of new customers to local businesses.”