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Fife, Taylor Wimpey

OPEN has worked with Taylor Wimpey in the promotion of land at Inverkeithing since 2008, running several consultation events and making a number of submissions on their behalf.

Inverkeithing is a historic settlement on the edge of the Firth of Forth which has seen significant change over a number of centuries. This has inevitably left scars on the landscape and the future release of land for new development is a contentious issue within the town. Whilst there is a recognised need for housing-led regeneration, and a suggestion from the Reporters Unit that a plan should be drawn up, no regeneration plan has been brought forward to date. In the meantime there is limited investment in the town and decline becomes increasingly more apparent.

With an undetermined application for a housing proposal which could deliver significant regeneration benefits, Taylor Wimpey commissioned OPEN to prepare a Development Framework. This would be aimed for all those with an interest on the town: residents, the Council, landowners, and developers and form the basis for what a regeneration plan for Inverkeithing should be. The document was commissioned on the basis that it should be as impartial as possible.

The Framework was drawn up over a couple of months and included both discussion with the Community Council and an exhibition. It considers the town and its surroundings, assesses the challenges and opportunities, and presents some ideas as to what Inverkeithing should be in the future. It is the first step toward producing a comprehensive Vision Document and Delivery Plan. It includes a list of key projects, a 10 Point Plan for regeneration, and the suggested establishment of an Inverkeithing Regeneration Fund.