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Prestonhill Development Framework

Inverkeithing, Fife, Taylor Wimpey

OPEN, working in conjunction with Savell, Bird & Axon, Quattro Consulting, Nigel Rudd Ecology and Montgomery Forgan was commissioned by Taylor Wimpey to prepare a design-led development framework in support of a representation to the Draft Dunfermline and West Fife Local Plan concerning a draft plan allocation at Prestonhill Quarry. The Representation was an objection to the proposed allocation of Leisure/Community uses, and instead advocated a proposal for residential development together with a new hotel and park. In the interests of best planning the development framework also included proposals for a regeneration area known as Fraser Barr.

The site is located in the south-east of Inverkeithing and covers 24.2 hectares. The north of the site is comprised of an area of predominantly local authority housing known locally as “Fraser Barr” and to the south a disused quarry. The southern edge of the site is formed by the coast line of Inverkeithing Bay; the popular Fife Coastal Path follows this edge. Fantastic views of the Forth Road Bridge can be gained from here and a large disused gantry extends into the Firth. Generally the site slopes from north to south towards the coast line, providing good opportunities for passive solar energy gain and views across the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh. To the west of the site the rolling landscape of Spencerfield gives way into the finger like landform of Letham Hill (both comprising part of the Coastal Hills Landscape Character Area) and creates a strong separation between Inverkeithing and the adjacent settlement of Dalgety Bay. The finger of Letham Hill becomes Preston Hill as it enters the site and it is from this continuation of landform that Prestonhill Quarry has been cut.

The development framework creates a vision of an attractive, well designed and connected neighbourhood of up to 570 new homes within Inverkeithing; one that removes the negative perception of the existing Fraser Barr housing and maximises the site’s features and coastal location to give a strong, distinctive identity. Whilst largely residential with neighbourhood retail, a new hotel and contemporary new park created from the remodelled quarry maximises the opportunity for regeneration.