Fife Council has started work on the construction of new business units at Hillend and Donibristle Industrial Estate (HADIE), signalling the start of further regeneration and economic recovery work by the Longannet Task Force in South West Fife.

 

Cllr Altany Craik visits the site of the new business units

HADIE is well-located and has always been popular with businesses, given its proximity to the trunk road network and railway stations.

 

The development proposal comprises six business units, along with an access road, car parking and landscaping.  The new units will range in size, providing a total of 800 sqm of new business space to help meet the demand within the local market for modern, fit-for-purpose business accommodation in this key location.

 

The project has been made possible due to the Longannet Task Force which has secured funding from the Scottish Government Local Economic Development Capital Stimulus Fund and the Big Lottery Coastal Communities Fund.  The development of the proposed units will mark a significant milestone in Fife Council’s long term commitment to the regeneration of HADIE, in addition to acting as a catalyst for future business investment and jobs growth locally.

 

South West Fife was heavily impacted when Longannet Power Station closed prematurely in mid-2016.  This project – along with other recent initiatives, including the opening of an Enterprise Hub in Kincardine – will help to ensure that the area thrives once more.

 

The project, which is being delivered by Fife Council, will offer new business units for rent from late 2019.  Enquiries on pre-letting are welcomed via business.property@fife.gov.uk

 

Cllr Altany Craik, Convener of Fife Council’s Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning and Transportation Committee, said: “These new units are targeted at existing and new businesses, whether they are already in Fife or looking to locate within the Kingdom.  We have been working on regenerating this area, and the whole of South West Fife, delivering modern business units to meet the changing needs for the 21st century.”

 

Cllr Alice McGarry, Convener of Fife Council’s South West Fife Area Committee added: “I’m delighted that support from the Longannet Task Force, has allowed us to speed up our plans for continued regeneration at Hillend and Donibristle Industrial Estate. The new business units will be a welcome addition locally and will help ensure that vacant or under-used parts of the estate are productive once more.”

 

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