Rosyth Waterfront development framework ‘too hastily approved’

An aerial view of the proposed 'Queensferry One' development site
An aerial view of the proposed ‘Queensferry One’ development site

The developers behind a £250 million industrial, office, warehousing and leisure development adjacent to the Queensferry Crossing have criticised a new Rosyth development framework for being “too hastily approved”.

Fife Council had been instructed by Scottish Ministers to produce a Rosyth Waterfront Development Framework to co-ordinate the range of sites and uses at the strategic location. The framework, which was given the green light this week by the South and West Fife Area Committee, covers the 120-acre site in Rosyth known as ‘Queensferry One’, owned by developers in the joint venture Scarborough Muir Group.

However, Scarborough Muir Group has said it is disappointed that the framework was agreed, though the company remains committed to its own development.

William McAlister, property director at Scarborough Muir Group, said: “We believe that a number of fundamental steps had been missed in reaching the stage that a Development Framework was put before the committee, namely the commissioning of a comprehensive development framework master planning exercise and public consultation. Both are standard practices in a development of this scale but our representations to the planning officials were ignored.

“It is one thing to draft a Development Framework in isolation. It is quite another to ensure it is commercially viable and that it has the interests and aspirations of the community, the Council and the majority landowner at heart.

“Despite another setback caused by Fife Council, we remain very much committed to the comprehensive development of Rosyth Waterfront.”

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