Tayside’s economy would receive a £500 million boost from an eco-innovation business park in Perth, developers claim.
The Perth West project proposes a new exit from the A9 into an “innovation highway” of electrical, heat and data infrastructure alongside office, industrial, retail, hotel, leisure space, an academic centre and mixed housing.
It will host a hydrogen refuelling station as well as test locations for self-driving cars.
It has been claimed the project will provide about 1,000 jobs and its developers say it will contribute about £20m a year to Tayside’s economy for 25 years once it is completed.
The John Dewar Lamberkin Trust, which is behind the project, has offered up to £5m of matched funding through the Tay Cities Deal to support the necessary investment in the infrastructure to realise these goals.
Alexander Dewar, of the trust, said: “The Perth West development framework envisages how integrated energy, transport and data systems will work together.
“The project has the potential to be a game changer by bridging the gap between policy and business and responding to strong market sector demand.”