Fife’s future is being held back by its past, according to a leading community figure in Kirkcaldy.
David Henderson, chairman of Kirkcaldy West Community Council, has warned developers will look elsewhere if planning rules on historic buildings are not relaxed.
He has written to all members of Fife Council’s central area planning committee, after councillors’ decided to delay judgment on a planning application that could see the demolition of the town’s Victoria Power Station.
He claims failure to allow development of the Victoria Road corridor could deter any future investment in Kirkcaldy.
“There is huge risk in refusing this particular application,” Mr Henderson said. “If the developer abandons the scheme because of a refusal and takes his business elsewhere, what message would that send to other interested parties wanting to invest locally?”
Members of the central area planning committee agreed last month to visit the site of the former power station after developers proposed to build a care home on the land.
Planning officials recommended refusal of the plans saving the 111-year-old structure for now. But members agreed to visit the site, stating almost overwhelmingly that if no use for the dilapidated building can be found then it should be razed.
The decision comes just months after the former Nairn linoleum factory, also on Victoria Road, was demolished.