News: 28 October 2019Transformation of Glenrothes paper mill presses ahead

Our team have secured planning permission for the £42 million regeneration of the former Tullis Russell paper mill in Glenrothes, Fife, on behalf of Advance Construction (GD) Ltd.

The approval of the Planning Permission in Principle application (subject to conclusion of a legal agreement) is a key milestone in the transformation of the currently derelict site into a residential-led, mixed use scheme featuring up to 850 new homes after Fife Council gave the scheme the green light on Wednesday.

At the heart of the 55-hectare site, alongside a range of detached, semi-detached, terraced houses and apartments, will be retail and leisure facilities, business space and industrial units designed in a contemporary style. The Riverside Park will also be extended, opening up a connection from the new development to Glenrothes Town Centre.

It is estimated that regenerating the derelict site will deliver a £42.5 million boost for Glenrothes, creating up to 450 jobs and employment for around 300 construction workers during the 10-year build programme.

At its peak in the mid-1970s the Tullis Russell paper mill employed approximately 1,500 people. In 1994, the Russell family sold the company to its employees and when it went into administration in 2015, approximately 550 people were employed at the site.

Planning Director Colin Lavety said: “It’s great that we have secured planning consent for this significant development which has been the culmination of a lot of hard work between our project team, Fife Council, the local community and other statutory stakeholders. This is a unique opportunity to create something very special in the town, and the redevelopment of the former paper mill will open up new links from this exciting mixed-use district to the rest of Glenrothes and the A92, delivering a significant number of new homes, of which 10% will be affordable, create jobs and breathe new life into this area of the town.”

We've worked closely with Advance Construction (GD) Ltd to develop the plans, providing town planning, masterplanning, landscape, environmental impact assessment and socio-economic assessment services for the project.

 

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