Fife’s flagship Industrial Innovation Investment programme has now secured planning permission for seven single storey business units on land to the east of Midfield Drive, within Dunnikier Business Park, Kirkcaldy.
This gives the green light for work to get started on site this autumn. The programme is part of the £1.3 billion Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal, a partnership of local authorities, universities, Scottish and UK Governments to deliver a 15-year programme that will transform the regional economy.
The construction will include solar panels and a new access road as well as car parking.
This will boost economic development opportunities within Kirkcaldy, and provide small business space to local enterprises with growth ambitions.
The Fife Industrial Innovation Investment programme will deliver new buildings and serviced sites across Mid and South Fife. It will support the creation of 1,000 new skilled permanent jobs and almost 600 short-term construction jobs. This will be facilitated by joint working between the region’s universities and Fife businesses and Fife Council to deliver high value jobs.
Neil Crooks, Convener - Kirkcaldy Area Committee, Fife Council: "This is a major economic opportunity for the businesses that will be able to expand into the new units. We know that demand in Kirkcaldy is strong for this type of Unit, so the emphasis is very much on getting these ready for tenants as quickly as possible.
“Our focus in Fife is firmly on fairer economic growth, where everyone benefits from good employment opportunities and regional investments. The programme of investment will deliver much-needed new industrial buildings in key locations in Mid and South Fife.
“This is another important step forward in delivering the ten-year programme that will encourage more businesses to locate and grow within Fife, and secure a further £30m of investment by the private sector.”
Altany Craik, Convener - Economy, Tourism. Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, Fife Council, said: “This project, now on its way to becoming a reality, will be the first visible sign in Kirkcaldy of the positive changes that the City Region Deal will bring to Fife.
“Through the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal regional partners will secure more than £1.3 billion of investment for the city region over the next 15 years. We believe that this can create clear opportunities for genuine inclusive economic growth and investment in Fife.
“The Deal focuses on growing the regional economy through collaboration and by being outward-looking, building on the region’s existing strengths in key sectors and industries. Our Fife Industrial Innovation Investment programme will increase the supply of serviced employment land and new industrial, office and business space in Fife.”
Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson, said: “Since 2014 we have committed £1.8 billion through these deals and associated investment to help drive growth that will deliver significant and lasting economic benefits for individuals, businesses and communities across our country.
“These deals benefit Scotland as a whole and have the power to build on an area’s significant strengths and expertise. Fife’s flagship industrial innovation investment programme is a perfect example of this and I’m delighted to see it progressing.”
The Fife Industrial Innovation Investment programme will be delivered in three phases. Over the next two years new industrial premises will be developed across four sites in Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, Lochgelly and Dunfermline.
Over two hectares of new serviced employment land in Dunfermline and Dalgety Bay will also be made available for immediate investment by new or existing businesses.
In consideration of the application for planning permission, the proposal to erect the business units and associated work within the existing Dunnikier Business Park was assessed against the Development Plan alongside other considerations, including the principle of development, transportation, urban design and the demand for quality, modern units.
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