Hargreaves Land has made a major step forward in its plans for the restoration and development of the Westfield site in Fife.
Planning permission in principal has now been issued for a comprehensive masterplan which will see the restoration of the wider site including renewable energy generation. An Energy from Waste Plant and solar array will offer power, heat and Co2 to future occupiers of the associated employment space.
Westfield operated as a mine from 1955 and went on to become one of the largest surface mines in the UK before production ceased in 1998.
Hargreaves acquired the 423-hectare site in 2013 with the aim of restoring and redeveloping the site. An estimated 1,075 construction jobs could be created over a 10-year period with the completed development capable of supporting around 1,500 full time posts.
Philip Rayson, senior planning & development manager at Hargreaves Land said: “Given the scale and location of Westfield it is a significant site for Hargreaves Land and the community of Fife. We are committed to bringing forward a sustainable development to maximise the huge potential of this site”.
The Westfield site is located approximately 13 miles north east of Dunfermline, close to the town of Kinglassie.